Pakistan vs England: The Ben Stokes side will not have the services of their fastest pace bowler Mark Wood in the first match of the three-game Test series against Pakistan.
Mark Wood is out of the England line-up for 1st Test match against Pakistan. (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Mark Wood is out of England’s line-up for the first Test match against Pakistan, said head coach Brendon McCullum. England are set to take on Pakistan in a three-match Test series, which should be a stern test for the side that has bulldozed over teams in its own backyard. Speaking ahead of the first Test match, set to begin on December 1, McCullum said that Mark Wood is expected to be ready for the second Test match.
“Mark’s not going to make the first test squad unfortunately because of his injury,” head coach Brendon McCullum said.
“We expect him to be ready for the second test and otherwise we’ve got a full squad to pick from.”
Wood has been missing in action since the Super-12 stage of the T20 World Cup. The player did not take part in England’s 10-wicket win against India in the semi-finals and subsequently missed the final match of the tournament as well. Wood, who recorded the fastest spell ever bowled in the World Cup was reported to have muscle stiffness, but it seems that he is carrying a hip issue as well.
England on the other hand would be confident having drubbed New Zealand, India as well as South Africa under the captaincy of Ben Stokes, but will keep in mind that all of those wins have come under home conditions.
For Pakistan it will be key that they do not let this series slip like they did against Australia, failing to counter the reverse swinging ball from the pace quartet. The conditions are expected to be largely batting friendly in the Test series.