Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the second Test against India with a calf injury and will undergo a scan on Wednesday; James Anderson is also a doubt after suffering slight quad injury; England have called up Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood as cover, with Dom Bess dropping out of squad
Last Updated: 11/08/21 11:39am
England bowler Stuart Broad will miss the second Test against India with a calf injury, while James Anderson is also a doubt for the match at Lord’s.
Broad sat out Tuesday’s net session with discomfort in his calf and will undergo a scan on Wednesday – ruling him out of the match, which gets underway on Thursday – live on Sky Sports.
Anderson is also at risk of missing the match after suffering a slight quad injury. The 39-year-old has not bowled in the nets for two days and is said to have 50-50 chance of playing at Lord’s.
Broad, meanwhile, misses the opportunity to make his 150th Test appearance. Seamer Saqib Mahmood, who impressed in England’s recent one-day and T20 series wins over Pakistan, was called up as squad cover earlier on Wednesday.
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Mahmood is the second player to join up with the group in recent days after Moeen Ali, who was recalled to the Test squad for the first time in six months on Tuesday.
With Mahmood and Moeen in camp, England have opted to release spinner Dom Bess from the squad.
The spinner was not named in the playing XI for the first Test in Nottingham, which ended in a draw.
He will now rejoin Yorkshire and could play in their Royal London Cup match at Glamorgan on Thursday.
England and India have been fined 40 per cent of their match fees and penalized two World Test Championship points each for maintaining slow over rates in the first Test in Nottingham.
Both sides had received four points each after the draw at Trent Bridge. However, these was later halved after both teams were ruled to be two overs short of their targets by match referee Chris Broad.
Both sets of players were also fined 40 per cent of their match fees – losing 20 per cent for each over their side failed to bowl in the allotted time.
Captains Joe Root and Virat Kohli both pleaded guilty and accepted the sanctions.
Earlier this year, Australia missed out on a place in the inaugural World Test Championship final after being docked points for a slow over rate in the Boxing Day Test against India.
Australia were penalised four points – a penalty which allowed New Zealand to finish narrowly above them in the final standings.