Mark Wood is struggling with an ankle injury ahead of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston © Getty Images
Mark Wood is struggling with an ankle injury ahead of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston © Getty Images

England pacer Steven Finn might return to the Test squad as Durham cricketer Mark Wood is struggling with an ankle injury ahead of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Wood, who has played in both the matches in the ongoing Ashes series, has been England’s quickest seamer, claimed four wickets in the first match at Cardiff. However, he dropped form and sustained the injury in the second game, where he managed just one wicket off his 38 overs. READ: All not over for England after Lord’s loss, feels Ian Botham

Finn, who has 90 wickets in 23 Test appearances, has been a one-day regular for England in recent months but has not played a Test in over two years. His last appearance in the whites was the opening match of the 2013 Ashes.

According to a report from The Guardian, English skipper Alastair Cook admitted that Wood is fighting to stay for the third game. The pacer also missed the session of outdoor nets Tuesday morning due to heavy rain at Birmingham. READ: Edgbaston Test brings back memories from 2005

“We are a little concerned about Woodie. With the weather he couldn’t bowl outside, we’ll have to make a call on him tomorrow. If he is out then with the forecast, probably Steven Finn will be pushing to play. Wood has played a huge amount of cricket over the last six to eight months so we have to be careful with him. READ: England look to bounce back after an dismal outing at Lord’s

“Finn has bowled really well for Middlesex and in the one-dayers recently; whoever gets the call will be the lucky one,” England captain added.