Eng­land seamer Wood fit for Third Test

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Eng­land fast bowler Mark Wood has been passed fit for next week’s Third Test against South Africa at The Oval af­ter scans re­vealed no se­ri­ous in­jury on his left heel. Wood has been blighted by in­juries through­out his ca­reer, with an­kle prob­lems keep­ing him out of Test cricket for nearly two years from Oc­to­ber 2015, with the seamer only mak­ing his come­back at Lord’s two weeks ago. The 27-year-old sat out some of South Africa’s sec­ond in­nings af­ter suf­fer­ing from sore­ness while bowl­ing dur­ing Eng­land’s hum­bling 340-run Sec­ond Test de­feat at Trent Bridge. But the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board con­firmed Wednes­day that Wood is avail­able for next week-if se­lected. Wood’s avail­abil­ity pro­vides a timely boost for Eng­land with bats­man Gary Bal­lance ruled out of the Third Test with a bro­ken fin­ger. The se­lec­tors will name their squad for The Oval on Fri­day or Satur­day with at least one en­forced change re­quired due to Bal­lance’s in­jury. The four-Test se­ries is cur­rently level at 1-1. — AFP

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