Saqib Mahmood has been added to the English squad for the second Test against India which will take place at Lord’s from 12-16 August. He will join the team as a cover for experienced fighter Stuart Broad.
The pass bowler received the call after a calf injury to Broad left his participation in doubt. Broad suffered the injury during a warm-up session on Tuesday and was subsequently ruled out of the training session that followed that afternoon.
Last month, a covid-19 outbreak in the English team forced all the players to go into quarantine. As a result, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced a new team made up of many newcomers, with Ben Stokes as the captain. Mahmood was also included and he took the opportunity. He finishes as the highest wicketkeeper and takes nine wickets from three ODIs to wipe out the Pakistanis.
Stuart Broad joins long list of already injured English pacemakers
In recent times, England has adopted a rotation policy to ensure that the workload of the players does not affect it. They hacked and changed the team many times. However, the tempo bowlers still sustained injuries, with a few excluded even before they entered the series.
Jofra Archer has an elbow injury that has been going on for a while. He was even operated on, but could not fully recover from the nagging problem. Very recently it was confirmed that Archer will be out of action for the rest of the season, including the 2020 T20 World Cup and the Ashes.
Chris Woakes also has issues with his fitness. He was excluded from the first two Tests against India due to a heel injury he suffered against Pakistan. Fortunately, England have plenty of seam options in the bag, with Saqib Mahmood as their primary backup.