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England draft in Mark Wood following injury to Olly Stone

The seamer has played 12 Tests for his country.

Mark Wood is back in the England Test squad (Jason O’Brien
Mark Wood is back in the England Test squad (Jason O’Brien

Durham seamer Mark Wood has been added to England’s Test squad in the West Indies as a replacement for the injured Olly Stone.

Wood, who played the last of his 12 Tests against Pakistan last May, has been given the nod after Stone was diagnosed with a tour-ending bone stress injury in his back.

The 29-year-old, who was already due to fly to the Caribbean for next month’s one-day series, will link up with the squad over the weekend.

Wood has been selected ahead of both Jamie Overton and Jamie Porter, who will remain in India with the England Lions.

It was on Lions duty that Wood re-established his red-ball credentials before Christmas, taking five wickets against Pakistan A and impressing with his pace.

An Ashes winner in 2015, Wood has 30 Test wickets at 41.73 but has been a more regular part of the limited-overs squad in recent years.



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