PAK versus ENG | Unfortunately, Mark Wood will not play the first Test against Pakistan, confirms Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum has confirmed that Mark Wood will miss the first Test against Pakistan due to a hip injury he suffered in the recent T20 World Cup. The English paceman, who missed the semi-final and final of the tournament, was rested from training camp last week in Abu Dhabi.

Mark Wood has been hoping to be fit to feature in the opener of England’s three-legged series against Pakistan, which kicks off in Rawalpindi on Thursday. However, the England head coach Brendon McCullum Monday confirmed that Wood would not be involved due to an existing hip injury.

“Mark will unfortunately not be part of the first Test squad due to his injury,” McCullum told the press conference ahead of the first Test in Rawalpindi, as quoted by Sky Sports. “We expect him to be ready for the second test and if not we have a full squad to choose from.”

Wood picked up the injury during England’s recent successful T20 World Cup campaign in Australia, causing him to miss the semi-final against India and the final against Pakistan. As mentioned by McCullum, the 32-year-old has recovered well and will likely be available for the final two Tests, which will be played in Multan and Karachi.

In the absence of Wood, England should line up James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Jamie Overton to form the pace offense. Meanwhile, England will also miss the services of wide stuartwho made himself unavailable for selection after recently becoming a father.

This will notably be England’s first Test series in Pakistan since 2005.

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