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Big Blow for England | Jack Leach Ruled Out of Second Test Against India Due to Injury

Jack Leach Ruled Out of Second Test Against India Due to Injury

In a setback for England ahead of the second Test against India, experienced spinner Jack Leach has been ruled out due to a knee issue sustained during the opening Test in Hyderabad. Despite the injury, Leach bravely played a role in England’s thrilling victory, bowling 10 overs in India’s second innings. However, the 32-year-old left-armer will now miss Visakhapatnam’s crucial ICC World Test Championship encounter.

England captain Ben Stokes confirmed Leach’s absence, citing a hematoma in his leg resulting from the knock he took. Stokes expressed disappointment for Leach, who recently returned to the game after a period out with a back injury. The medical team closely monitors the situation, hoping the injury won’t sideline Leach for an extended period.

The absence of Leach has left England pondering the composition of their XI for the second Test. Uncapped off-spinner Shoaib Bashir is a contender to replace Leach, providing a spin option alongside Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley. England also considers the possibility of veteran seamer James Anderson, depending on pitch conditions.

Stokes remains optimistic about Bashir’s potential debut, emphasizing the young spinner has freedom with “nothing to lose.” The skipper, coach Brendon McCullum, and vice-captain Ollie Pope are carefully evaluating the situation. Stokes aims to make Bashir’s first Test experience enjoyable if selected, acknowledging the uniqueness of playing the debut match.

As the team finalized their XI, Stokes emphasized the importance of considering all options. The decision will likely be made closer to the match, with the captain keen on making the right choices for the team’s success.

Stay tuned for further updates as England prepares for the challenging Test against India in the absence of Jack Leach.