Wood injury adds to England pace problems ahead of third Test

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Mark Wood has been ruled out of this week’s third Test with India dealing a blow to the hosts’ hopes of levelling the five-match series which the tourists lead 1-0.

The 31-year-old has a jarred right shoulder, a result of diving headlong into an advertising hoarding when saving a boundary on the fourth evening of the second Test at Lord’s.

Even though he bowled at speeds in excess of 93 mph (150 kph) on the last day of the second Test, which England lost, he has been judged not fit to take his place in the starting line-up for the game at Headingley, which gets underway on Wednesday.

“Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test against India with a jarred right shoulder,” read an England and Wales Cricket Board statement on Monday.

“Wood sustained the injury on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s and will not be fit to play at Headingley starting on Wednesday.

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