England may call upon Mark Wood to replace Ben Stokes if his calf injury means that he can’t play against Pakistan in the Third test next week.
Stokes is due to have an MRI scan after he pulled up while bowling near to the end of the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford on Monday.
Wood, who was a member of the team that won the Ashes last summer, has recently returned to playing from an ankle injury and he was extremely impressive for England in their one-day series against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A.
Speaking about the issue Sir Ian Botham said that, “There isn’t another all-rounder, so England will have to pick another bowler for Stokes”. He went on to suggest that Wood would be an excellent choice and if not then Adil Rashid may be a good possibility.
Joe Root was named as Man of the Match in England’s impressive 330 run win over Pakistan in Manchester. Root hit a career best 254 in the first innings and a quick 71 in the second. There was also praise for Captain Alastair Cook, who recorded scores of 105 and 76 not out, as well as Chris Woakes, who followed up his 11 wicket haul in the first Test with seven wickets in the Second.
Botham said that when Cook plays at his best “he is leaving the ball well and not playing at balls outside the off-stump and bringing the slips and wicketkeeper into play. The bowlers then bowl straighter and that’s right in his slot – I thought he played really well, controlling the innings and eliminating the risk.”
In regards to Woakes Botham said that “His run-up is sorted, he doesn’t bowl no-balls and seems to have an injury-free, uncomplicated style, while he has also added a yard of pace.”