The England cricket team suffered a major blow on Sunday when spinner Jack Leach was ruled out of the remaining three Test matches against India. After playing a key role in England's victory over India in the series opener, Leach missed the second match due to injury. In the second Test, he was replaced by debutant Shoaib Bashir, who could not do much with the ball and the visitors lost the match by 106 runs. With Leach out, England will have to rely on the trio of Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir for spin bowling in the remaining three Test matches against India.
England have also confirmed that they will not announce a replacement for Leach, and will rely on the available spinners for the remainder of the tour. England batsman Joe Root, who has transformed himself into an all-rounder on spin-friendly Indian wickets, suffered an injury in the Vizag Test, but the England statement had no input on his absence.
In a press release, the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “England and Somerset spinner Jack Leach has been ruled out of the remainder of the England Men's Test tour of India with a left knee injury.
Leach suffered the injury during England's first Test win in Hyderabad and as a result missed the second Test in Vizag.
He will fly home in the next 24 hours from Abu Dhabi, where the England team is staying ahead of the third Test in Rajkot starting on Thursday.
Leach will work closely with the England and Somerset medical teams regarding his rehabilitation.
England will not be calling any replacement.”
The 32-year-old spinner has taken 126 wickets in 36 Test matches for England and is also a good batsman in the lower order.
England Test Team: Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir, Harry Brook, Jack Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes (c), Mark Wood.
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