Mark Wood has suffered a setback in his battle against the ankle injury that has plagued his fledgling career and has been ruled out of the tour to Bangladesh.
The 26-year-old becomes the second seamer to withdraw before the one-day squad depart from Heathrow on Friday, after Jimmy Anderson’s hopes of featuring the Test series were dashed by the shoulder problem that saw him miss the back end of the season.
While Anderson is expected to feature in the Test series with India that follows immediately after Bangladesh – there is, however, a suggestion England’s record wicket-taker may not return until mid-series – Wood’s problem could be more serious given it relates to the left ankle joint that was the subject of two operations last winter.
Wood’s return in the second half of the summer was encouraging, with the right-armer consistently bowling in excess of 90mph as he helped Durham’s to the final of the NatWest T20 Blast and featured in England’s 4-1 victory over Pakistan in their one-day international series.
He sent down nearly 200 overs and initially reported no discomfort but now waits to discover the severity of the problem.
It is another blow for an exciting fast bowler whose body continues to let him down, and while he will be named among England’s list of centrally contracted players on Friday morning – news that will see him also sign a new deal to stay at Durham – another long road back to fitness awaits.
Jake Ball has already been asked to remain in Bangladesh after the three-match one-day series that starts on 7 October as cover for Anderson during the Tests, while Steven Finn will fly out early with the 50-over squad as Wood’s replacement. Another fast bowler could be added to the Test squad at a later date.