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Wood to stay on with Lions

January 19, 2015 17:11:43 UK

Durham fast bowler Mark Wood will stay on with England Lions for the one-day series against South Africa A.

Wood, who is currently featuring in the second unofficial four-day Test between the two second strings in Bloemfontein, was meant to return home for the five 50-over contests that follow from Sunday onwards.

However, with Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton pulling out of the squad and returning to Somerset with an ankle injury it has opened up a place in the squad.

Craig’s ankle issue requires further investigation which can be best achieved back in the UK.

Ben Langley

Overton, 20, was first bothered by the problem at the end of the 2014 season and aggravated it in the nets at Bloemfontein’s Chevrolet Park this week.

“Craig’s ankle issue requires further investigation which can be best achieved back in the UK under the care of the Somerset medical team and supported by the ECB,” said Ben Langley, the ECB’s national lead physiotherapist.

Several other players have made their way to South Africa for the limited-overs section of the tour with Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney, the two players dropped from England’s World Cup squad, amongst them.

Samit Patel, Jason Roy and Stephen Parry are the others, with the latter two switching from brief stints in Australia’s Big Bash League.

The 25-year-old Wood has built up a reputation as a fine reverse swing exponent in red-ball cricket with Durham but has enjoyed fewer opportunities in List A matches – having appeared only 14 times in the four years since making his debut.

Durham are 7.00 to win the County Championship Div 1 title outright this year and 10.00 to secure the Royal London One-Day Cup.

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