fr24news– England’s plans for Friday’s first test against India suffered a setback, with Zak Crawley scheduled to undergo scans for a possible broken wrist after slipping in training.
Rory Burns’ return from paternity leave meant Crawley had to fall to No.3 for the series opener in Chennai, having opened the bat alongside Dom Sibley in the recent 2-0 victory of the ‘England in Sri Lanka.
But the Guardian learned on Wednesday that the 23-year-old, who struggled with spins on that tour after his 267 innings breakthrough against Pakistan last August, is now waiting to discover the extent of a hand injury. and the wrist suffered while falling. Tuesday at Chepauk stadium.
England said: “Zak Crawley did not train today in England’s training session in Chennai. He slipped out of the locker room yesterday [Tuesday] and injured his right wrist. We are awaiting the results of the scans and we will know more tomorrow, before our final practice.
If Crawley is ruled out it would prompt a rethinking of England’s batting order. Ollie Pope, who underwent shoulder surgery last September, has been added to the main squad after proving his fitness in training, while Ben Stokes is expected to return to middle rank after shedding rested during the tour in Sri Lanka.
It could be that Stokes occupies No.3, a role he once played in the 2018 Sri Lanka Series, or Joe Root, playing his 100th test, needs to progress despite his preference for No. 4 and its striking recent form. . Another possibility is Dan Lawrence, who recently made his Galle debut and might otherwise have been ousted by the Pope under central contract at No.6.
Another option would be to keep goalkeeper Jos Buttler at No.6 in his last test appearance before a scheduled hiatus, as happened in Sri Lanka, and draft in another versatile at No.7 in Chris Woakes or Moeen Ali.
The latter could be in contention for a place in the XI anyway, with England management considering his return ahead of Crawley’s injury as the 33-year-old impressed with his bowling in the nets.
Moeen’s preparations have been limited since signing Covid-19 at the start of the English sub-continental winter, however, and Root and head coach Chris Silverwood may remain with Dom Bess for fear of long term damage for off-spinners. trust.