Mark Wood doubtful for England's tour of South Africa

Wood, Finn doubtful England's tour of South Africa
Will Chris Woakes benefit from injuries to Mark Wood and Steven Finn?
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England fast bowler Mark Wood is likely to miss out on the tour of South Africa after having failed to recover from the chronic ankle injury according to a report from the BBC.

It has also been reported that Steven Finn, who sustained a bone stress injury on his left foot during the practice game against Pakistan A which ruled him out of the Test and One-Day International series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates, is also a doubtful starter.

Despite the reports circulating, Finn took to Twitter stating that he is hopeful of making a return soon.

"Reports of my South Africa tour being written off completely. Not the case, I am hoping to be available sooner rather than later," Finn tweeted.

Wood, on the other hand, has a recurring ankle problem and was left out of the third Test match against Pakistan and also the ODI series, following which he was flown back home to consult with a specialist.

The positive news for England is that all-rounder Ben Stokes, who suffered a shoulder injury in the third Test, is expected to be fit for the South African tour.

In the absence of Wood and Finn, England have the option to include Chris Woakes, who is in a good form in the ongoing ODI series with eight wickets from three games at an average of 14.12.

The 26-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2013 against Australia, last played a Test match against India at The Oval in August 2014.

Woakes is hoping that his form in the ongoing ODIs against Pakistan will work in his favour when the England selectors sit down to select the squad for the South African tour.

“I suppose whenever there is a squad announcement coming up it's always good to be on decent form and taking wickets,” Woakes told Sky Sports.

"It's obviously a one-day tour which is a bit different to playing Test cricket, but whenever you put on an England shirt you try to perform and over the last couple of games I've obviously been able to that.

“It can only help my cause.”

After completion of the Twenty20 International series against Pakistan, England will tour South Africa in December to take part in a four-match Test series followed by five ODIs and two T20Is. 

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