Mark Wood remains an injury concern two days out from England’s T20 World Cup semi-final against India after pulling out of training in Adelaide.
Wood has been the fastest bowler in the tournament, averaging 92mph and on several occasions his 96mph bouncer has often troubled the batsmen on Australian surfaces.
After picking up nine wickets in four matches, Wood will be expected to play a key role against India’s star-studded batting line-up but he looked to thrive during a gentle stroll on the outfield at Adelaide Oval.
The 32-year-old took no further part in Tuesday’s optional practice and did not bowl in the nets, apparently a precautionary measure as England confirmed he was suffering from a physical condition.
While this may simply be a matter of the demands of the tournament, with England hoping to be ready to face India on Thursday, Wood has a worrying history of injury setbacks.
He recently missed the entire summer program after undergoing two surgeries on his right elbow.
It is another potential headache for England to do without as they have yet to call on David Malan, who tweaked his left back while fielding in last week’s win over Sri Lanka and Did not bat.
The left-hander is said to be quietly optimistic about being included against India but England will be reluctant to take any risks given the enormity of what is at stake.
As he circled the outfield before taking a short jog on Tuesday, Phil Salt, who is likely to come into the team in Malan’s unavailability, seemed to have a long session of catching on the boundary.
India were given a scare of their own as captain Rohit Sharma suffered a wrist injury while batting in the nets, which required treatment, although he returned to training soon after and is not considered a doubt.
Meanwhile, England discovered on Tuesday that they will be playing on the same pitch that played the New Zealand-Ireland and Australia-Afghanistan double header last Friday.
The surface used in the past has been an Achilles’ heel but England have beaten New Zealand and Sri Lanka on such wickets and is not considered a bone of contention.
An International Cricket Council spokesman said: “The ICC has no rule regarding the use of only fresh or second-hand pitches for any match in an ICC event.
“What we need is the best possible playing surface for every match. The ‘new’ pitch is not necessarily better than what was used before.”
Ben Stokes believes England will have to adjust to the unfamiliar ground dimensions in Adelaide, which are long straights and short squares.
While he was offered a similar measure against Sri Lanka in Sydney, Stokes’ 36-ball 42 helped England to victory, two ahead of Ashes rivals Australia in their Super 12 group. Secured the top position, that’s the difference in Adelaide. more clear.
“We will have to wait and see what the wicket does on Thursday,” he said.
“It’s about anticipating whatever situation is in front of you and adapting accordingly.
“But we are playing on big, square boundaries and trying to hit the batsmen on them, whereas here we might have to try to change our strategy.”
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