With England trailing the series by a 2-0 margin in the five-match series injuries to key players rubbed more insult to their face. In the second Test at Visakhapatnam experienced seamer, Stuart Broad was ruled out for rest of the series as he suffered a thigh hamstring.
And then opener Haseeb Hameed was ruled out for rest of the series as he suffered a little finger injury during his first innings at PCA stadium in Mohali. Hameed misread Umesh Yadav’s rising delivery which struck at his left hand. In the second innings of the match he could not open the innings but coming at No. 8 he played impressive 59-run innings which showed his great character and knack to soak the pressure at a tough condition. However, he was ruled out for the series, but his short stint in the series ended on an impressive note.
Now after Broad and Hameed it was a turn of Chris Woakes, who missed the second Test due to injury. Woakes came to bat in the third Test where he received a nasty short ball from Mohammad Shami which broke the protector of his helmet. The next delivery was a well-directed bouncer which Woakes played awkwardly as it hit his gloves and went to the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel. The delivery damaged his finger. After his dismissal, Woakes went for X-ray which showed that the England bowler has a ‘tiny crack’. With the Mumbai Test will commence on December 8, England team management is expecting that Woakes will be fit for the match.
As injuries plagued the visiting team captain Alastair Cook requested team management to bring two new players for the next two matches. Durham opener Keaton Jennings, 24, replaced Haseeb Hameed. Alongside Jennings Hamshire all-rounder Dawson, 26, replaced Zafar Ansari, who has been struggling with back injury.
Since Hameed suffered an injury there was a speculation that England will replace him with a new face. Jennings is another South Africa-born cricketer who will play for England. The son of former South African coach Ray Jennings served a four-year qualification period to be eligible for England. The 24-year-old scored 12 hundred for Durham. The right-handed batsman made his Durham debut in 2012 and was the leading run-scorer in the 2016 County Championship with 1,548 at an average of 64.5. He is currently with the England squad in UAE and will reach in India on December 5. Jennings will make his England debut against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai on Thursday.
Besides Jennings, Hampshire’s Liam Dawson selected for next two matches. The 26-year-old player is a slow left-arm spinner. He was selected for the India tour but later he was released for Bangladesh Premier League to play for Rangpur Riders, Dawson made his international debut against Pakistan. He played an ODI and a T20I match against Pakistan. He is likely to play the Mumbai Test considering the spin friendly condition.