England’s Key Spinner Sidelined by Injury for Remainder of India Series
England’s left-arm spinner, Jack Leach, has been ruled out of the remaining three Tests against India due to a knee injury, as confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday, 11 February.
Leach incurred the injury during the first Test in Hyderabad, which led to his absence from the second match. The spinner is set to return home from Abu Dhabi, where the England team is currently based during the extended break between the second and third Test. The third Test is scheduled to commence on Thursday, 15 February in Rajkot.
The ECB statement further added, “Leach will work closely with the England and Somerset medical teams in respect of his rehabilitation.”
As of now, England has not announced a replacement for Leach. Nevertheless, the team has a strong spin department, featuring Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, and Shoaib Bashir, with the additional part-time option of Joe Root.
The series currently stands at 1-1 as the teams head into the third Test. England claimed the first victory with a thrilling 28-run win in Hyderabad, but India retaliated with a 106-run triumph in Visakhapatnam.