Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Bowling Blow as England Pair Miss Tour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Bowling Blow as England Pair Miss Tour

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ENGLAND have suffered a double blow to their seam bowling ranks as James Anderson and Mark Wood were ruled out of the Bangladesh tour due to a recurrence of recent injuries.

Spearhead Anderson, as expected, was forced to withdraw from the Test squad due to continuing problems with his right shoulder although Wood's omission with ongoing left ankle issues comes as a surprise.

The Durham paceman's place in the squad for the three one-day internationals has been handed to Steven Finn while Jake Ball, already in the ODI line-up, will stay on for the two-Test series that follows.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the news in a statement, saying: "Anderson has been withdrawn from the Test squad due to an ongoing injury to his right shoulder. He requires more time to ensure optimal healing of a stress fracture he sustained during the summer.

"Durham seamer Wood has had a recurrence of left ankle symptoms. Both players will be reviewed by the ECB's medical team on a regular basis and further updates will be provided on their progress in due course.

"Middlesex's Steven Finn is added to the ODI squad. Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball is added to the Test squad and selectors will consider a further replacement for the Test squad at a later date."

Stand-in one-day tour captain Jos Buttler admitted the duo's ongoing injury issues leave England fretting over when both men can next take to the field.

"It's a worry for the two guys, it's immensely frustrating for them," Buttler told Sky Sports News.

"Mark has been struggling with a few injuries and we all know what a talent he is and how vital he is to England to be on the park. It will be a big loss for us.

"James Anderson is obviously the premier fast bowler in English cricket. Fingers crossed those two can get back on the park as soon as possible. …

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