Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the India Test series after being injured with a tear in his right calf, ECB revealed it on August 11, Wednesday. The fast bowler suffered the injury while training on Tuesday at the Lord’s Cricket ground ahead of the second Test versus India. Saqib Mahmood has been added to the England squad as cover after Broad has been ruled out.
ECB said in a statement, “Broad underwent an MRI scan in London on Wednesday lunchtime, which revealed a tear”.
England has been down with major injury concerns ahead of their 2nd Test against India at Lord’s. While Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the series, the hosts are focused on the fitness of Anderson, who is suffering from a tight quad. Mark Wood is likely to be included in the playing XI for the second test while Moeen Ali also is set to be available for the contest.
Saqib Mahmood, the Lancashire player, could make his Test debut if Anderson is also ruled out of the second test.
The pacer has just played 22 FC games and picked up 65 wickets at an average of 26.30 with one five-wicket haul in his name. Mahmood was very much impressive in their series against Pakistan and picked up nine wickets in three ODI games at an average of 13.66.
The second test of the India versus England test series will be starting on August 12th. Earlier the first test between India versus England had been drawn on the final day of the match and has been abandoned without a ball being bowled. Both the team players and their fans were disappointed as they expected a good contest between bat and ball on the final day of the test match but the rain spoilt the day and forced the match to a draw.
Both India and England are having injury concerns ahead of the second test. India is having injury concerns with Shardul Thakur and England is having issues with the fitness of James Anderson. India looking to include Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing lineup as they want to strengthen their batting in the lower middle order.