Mark Wood out of third Test against Pakistan

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Promising England bowler, Mark Wood, has been ruled out of the Third Test against Pakistan due to a chronic ankle problem.

The 25-year-old has taken six wickets in the series so far and was arguably England's best bowler in the second Test match with five wickets.

Wood broke into the England side early this summer against New Zealand and has earned rave reviews from former England captain Michael Vaughan since his inclusion.


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The bowler has struggled with an ankle problem since the start of his England career and the management have been aware of handling the problem.

The Durham bowler has also previously admitted he may need surgery on the ankle. He has chosen not to pursue it yet due to England's heavy schedule over the next ten months.

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England are likely to replace him with either spinner Samit Patel or seamer Liam Plunkett. Chris Jordan, who was called up as a result of Steven Finn's injury, may also be in line for selection due to his outstanding slip catching and the fact that he is a good exponent of reverse swing.

Patel would be playing his first Test match since England's tour of India in 2012/13. He also may be favoured due to coach Trevor Bayliss's suggestion earlier that it had been part of England's plan to play three spinners at the spinner-friendly wicket in Sharjah, the venue of the third Test.

The Test begins on Sunday and is also expected to feature the return of exciting 25-year-old batsman James Taylor from Test cricket's wilderness.

England are 1-0 down in the series and will look to secure a series draw in this final Test match.

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