England paceman Wood withdrawn from Lions squad


Mark Wood has been withdrawn from the England Lions squad to face Sri Lanka A and is now scheduled to make his comeback from injury later next month.

The injury-prone quick missed England's tour of India after undergoing ankle surgery in October, but was set to return ahead of schedule in the Lions' upcoming five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka.

Wood, who recently finished a Pace Programme training camp in Potchefstroom, must now wait until the North-South Series in Dubai to return to competitive action.

An England and Wales Cricket Board [ECB] statement said: "The England selectors have agreed with the Pace Programme coaches and medical staff that although Wood's recovery remains on course, he would benefit from spending three more weeks training at home before travelling to Dubai for the North-South Series - with the priority of ensuring his fitness and performance for the start of the domestic season in April.

"At this stage there are no plans for Wood to be replaced in the Lions squad for the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka A, which begins in Dambulla on March 2.

"The three-match North-South Series begins at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on March 17, with Wood in a 13-man North squad that will be captained by his Durham team-mate Keaton Jennings."

The 27-year-old last played for his country in an ODI against Pakistan in Cardiff at the start of September last year.