T20 World Cup 2022: Suspense continues for England as duo in doubt for semi-final clash against India
Dawid Malan and Mark Wood might miss out on the semi-final clash against India due to injuries.
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England and India are all set for their high-octane encounter in the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, November 10. However, the Three Lions have been handed a major blow as duo of Dawid Malan and Mark Wood is in doubt to play the semi-final clash.
It is expected that the side could now make the final call on the playing XI just prior to the match considering the injury scare of the two. Wood withdrew from training on Tuesday, November 8 with the team as he experiencing ‘body stiffness’ while Malan endured a groin strain in the Super 12 win over Sri Lanka and is nursing the same.
Skipper Jos Buttler highlighted that the medical team is giving all the time to the two in order to participate in the fixture.
"We will try and give them as long as possible. Obviously, Dawid (Malan) left the field the other day with a small niggle and Woody (Mark Wood) has had a bit of stiffness. But we will trust the medical team, we will trust those two guys as well. In all sport now, players don't always play at 100 per cent but of course you have to be able to fulfil your role in the team. So, we will give that as long as we can with those guys and, as always, we have 15 guys preparing to play,” said the skipper.
England likely to replace the duo ahead of clash
The English side may not be willing to take the risk considering the Pakistan tour around the corner. Furthermore, Chris Jordan could get the nod for the clash against the Men in Blue, moreover, the side also gave Phil Salt an extended session in the nets on Wednesday, who could be a replacement for Dawid Malan.
However, England are still waiting for the green signal for the duo from the medical team. That said, Wood does not look in the best of positions to participate in the fixture but the side could make the call in the final hours prior to the mega-clash.