Mark Wood has had several ankle problems since making his England debut in 2015    Getty Images
Mark Wood has had several ankle problems since making his England debut in 2015 Getty Images

London: England fast bowler Mark Wood was a late addition Monday to the second-string Lions squad for their one-day series against Sri Lanka ‘A’ in the sub-continent in March. Wood has had several ankle problems since making his England debut in 2015 and another one in 2016 ruled him out of the senior England’s side tours of Bangladesh and India. Now Wood will be hoping to prove his fitness ahead of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England. Joining him in the Lions squad is Northamptonshire left-arm spinner Graeme White. Both players are set to appear in the inaugural North v South match in Dubai ahead of the new county season. ICC CT 2017 witness rise in demand for match tickets

“We had always been planning to add a left-arm spinner to the 14 players we named last month for the one-day series, and Graeme White deserves this chance after his performances for Northamptonshire in county cricket last summer,” said England’s national selector James Whitaker. “Mark Wood will also be a valuable addition to the Lions squad, and in his case the one-day series in Sri Lanka is a good opportunity for him to start bowling again in competitive cricket before the North-South series and then the domestic 2017 season.”

Earlier, Mark Wood was delighted to give England a taste of what they had been missing for nearly a year after topping the 92mph mark on his return to international duty. Durham fast bowler Wood was back in England action during Wednesday s 44-run rain-marred win in the first One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan at Southampton.