Hours before they go up to the Adelaide Oval here in their semi-final match against a strong Indian team in the men’s T20 Globalism England in the Cup suffered a setback as Mark Wood was unable to recover from an injury and was set to miss the match on Thursday.
Reports from Australia have claimed that teammate Chris Jordan will replace him in the eleventh play in the match against India.
Wood and batsman David Malan have been struggling for the past two days to get back in shape in the crucial knockout showdown with India And while Malan is likely to step onto the field in the semi-finals, Wood could miss the bus.
The player had been wrestling with toughness before Thursday’s showdown, and his body wasn’t much affected by the heavy workload during his 2022 campaign already crippled by injury.
Malan is England’s top scorer in the men’s T20 World Cup so far, having scored 242 points in eight games, second only to Virat Kohli In the list of the best players in the tournament. Mark Wood has scored nine wickets in four T20 World Cup matches so far.
Malan suffered a thigh problem in England’s win over Sri Lanka last week and was fortunately not wanted in the running chase that secured his place in the knockout stages.
The England national team decided to give them time until the last minute to prepare them for the match.
Skipper Jos Buttler said Wednesday that the team’s medical staff is giving the duo all the time to prepare for their must-win game at the Adelaide Oval.
“We will try to give them as long as possible,” Butler was quoted by the Australian Associated Press news agency as saying. “Obviously Dawid left the field that day with a bit of a laugh and Woody had some toughness. But we will trust the medical team, and we will trust these two guys as well.
“In all sports now the players don’t always play at 100 per cent but of course you have to be able to play your part in the team. So we will give that as long as we can with these guys, and as always, we have 15,” Butler said on the eve of the match. A player getting ready to play.
A final call will be made regarding Malan’s participation near the lottery after a fitness test on the ground.
Chris Jordan, Timal Mills, David Wylie and Phil Salt are the four team members available for selection. They are not named for the win over Sri Lanka.