Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injuries to Seam Duo Pave Way for Woakes ; Cricket

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injuries to Seam Duo Pave Way for Woakes ; Cricket

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ENGLAND have been forced to take the rough with the smooth after key pacemen Steven Finn and Mark Wood were forced out of their Test tour with South Africa, but all-rounder Ben Stokes returned to the squad.

Finn suffered a bone-stress in his left foot problem the day before England began their Test series against Pakistan and Wood was forced to miss the last Test with a recurrence of his chronic ankle problems.

Both players have failed to recover from their injuries, but Stokes has shaken off the 'collar-bone joint' injury he sustained while fielding in the final Test of the 2-0 series defeat in the United Arab Emirates.

The unavailability of two of England's fastest bowlers has left the selectors to ponder who should come in to complement the in- form frontline pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in a country where pace will be a vital weapon. …

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