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England vs India: Joe Root hit on the right hand in the nets; leaves the field

The second Test will commence on Thursday.

England batsman Joe Root
England batsman Joe Root reaches 50. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England have already named the 12-man squad for the second Test match against India at the iconic Lord’s as Jamie Porter has missed out once again. Ollie Pope will make his debut and bat at number 4 in the line-up. But the hosts were dealt with a major blow with an injury scare to their captain Joe Root. He was hit on the right hand while facing Chris Woakes in the nets and has walked off since then. However, he seems to be absolutely fine and there is nothing to worry about for the fans.

There has been a lot of excitement about the pitch which will be dished out for the encounter after what transpired four years ago. A green top worked wonders for the visitors despite the fact that they batted first. Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma were the heroes for them and they will possess threat once again at the Home of Cricket to the home side.

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Root hit on the right hand

According to Cricbuzz, the ball bowled by Woakes lifted off the length and hit Joe Root on the right hand. Physio was quick to attend him and though he batted for a few balls, Root soon left the field. It doesn’t seem to be a major injury but it could have been worse with less than 24 hours to go for the second Test to begin.

The skipper bats at number 3 for England and he began the series with a brilliant 80-run knock at Edgbaston. His form will be crucial for England as their top order is struggling big time. His footwork also looked assured against the lone spinner Ravi Ashwin. It also remains to be seen if the hosts will field an extra spinner in Moeen Ali or they decide to go in with the four-man pace attack with Chris Woakes who has recovered from his knee injury.

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