Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have reasons to worry about less than a fortnight left for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) after Mark Wood sustained an elbow injury. The right-arm pacer developed the injury during England’s opening Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.
The speedster bowled five overs in the morning session of the third day’s play where his pace was considerably down. From there on he didn’t take further part in the game. Wood felt “acute pain” in his right elbow during the net session on Day 5, a spokesperson in the England team had confirmed.
Former England fast bowler Steve Harmison, in the meantime, said that England need to take care of Wood given that he’s one of their premier pacers.
“He bowled a lot [in Sydney] and I remember thinking that we’re going to need him further down the line. He just kept bowling dead overs. But Mark will never ever shy away from that. The thing with him is that he always wants to take wickets, he’s a bit like Ben Stokes,” Harmison was quoted as saying.
He’s now set to be ruled out of the remainder of England’s tour of the Caribbean. The second Test is set to get underway on March 16 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. If Wood doesn’t play the game, the Three Lions have other pace bowling options in Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Fisher and Ollie Robinson, who missed the opening Test due to back spasm.
LSG bought Mark Wood for 7.50 crores in IPL 2022 auction
The injury to Mark Wood may turn out to be a major reason for concern for the Lucknow-based franchise ahead of IPL 2022. The team, led by KL Rahul, bought the England seamer for INR 7.50 crore in the mega auction that took place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.
Wood set himself a base price of INR 2 crore after which LSG, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC) were involved in a bidding war. LSG is set to play their opening game on Monday, March 28 against Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.