England all-rounder Woakes suffers crack in right thumb

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) The England cricket team’s injury woes continued as all-rounder Chris Woakes was diagnosed with a small crack in his right thumb sustained while batting in the third Test in Mohali.

Woakes was struck on the thumb when he tried to fend off a short ball from pacer Mohammed Shami during England’s second innings of the Test, in which the visitors went down by 8 wickets on Tuesday.

Woakes went for an X-ray after the game which showed what the England management are describing as a “tiny crack,” according to a espncricinfo report.

In addition to the thumb injury, the 27-year-old also has a sore knee, which further dents his prospects for the fourth Test, starting from December 8 in Mumbai.

England are also expected to announce a replacement for Haseeb Hameed, who is returning to England for an operation on his hand on Wednesday.

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