The stylish England all-rounder Chris Woakes doesn’t seem to be able to make it into the playing XI for the fourth Test of the five-match series between India and England starting Thursday at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, having missed training on Tuesday due to a recurrence of pain in his right thigh.
An England & Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said on Tuesday: “Woakes has tightness in his right quad and will not train today. We will take a view of where he is at tomorrow.”
This is the injury that ruled the all-rounder out of England’s limited-overs series against Pakistan, Australia, and India this summer. On return to the Test side for the second Test at Lord’s, Woakes was named Man of the Match for scoring his maiden century to go with four wickets in an innings win for his team.
No replacement has been named as of now for Woakes, and it is unlikely that England will given the presence of allrounder Sam Curran in the squad for the fourth Test against India.
Apart from this, even the flamboyant all-rounder Ben Stokes also had a heavily strapped knee at training as he sustained a bit of pain in his left knee towards the end of the India second innings in Nottingham. However, despite the pain, he took full part in training – he batted, bowled and completed shuttle runs – and looks set to play.
With Waokes out, Sam Curran, who did not play in the third Test in Nottingham, might be the first one to replace the former.