With just two days left in the grand opening match of the 12th edition of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, star pacer of England Mark Wood has joined back the squad after recovering well from his calf injury. The 29-year-old right-arm pacer faced a big blow of injury during his side’s first warm-up fixture against five-time World Cup champions Australia at Southampton on May 25.
During his fourth over against the Aussies, Wood stopped halfway through his run-up as he felt an issue with his leg. This led the cricketer to leave the pitch immediately and didn’t resume. Wood’s injury gave a major scare to England Cricket team selectors as it seems like they have to find out the replacement of fast English bowler at very short notice. Wood has the history of painful foot and ankle injuries back-to-back which affected his form many times so this time the cricket authorities were not going to take any risk and ready to find out his replacement before the starting of the cricket cup. Luckily, nothing was serious and Wood was diagnosed with no injury scare after which he was declared fit to play the showpiece event in upcoming days.
Though, another day of injury for England cost the whole English squad a winning match as Australians won the game by 12 runs. Earlier, the skipper of England’s 15-men World Cup squad Eoin Morgan also suffered an injury in his left index finger during the practice session at Southampton ground but now he also recovered well and could lead the squad sufficiently.
As both the crucial cricketers of England have resumed their game, the three-time runners up could now expect to give tough competition to other opponents in this year’s World Cup and could even clinch their first ever Cricket Cup trophy. The hosting team England will start its 50-over maiden tournament against South Africa at The Oval Stadium, London on Thursday.
England Squad for ICC World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonny Bairstow (Wicket-Keeper), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood