Mark Wood to miss rest of season for CSK

The 28-year-old Wood will be travelling back to England to prepare for the English summer that includes a five-Test series against India.

Mark Wood figured in just one game for Chennai Super Kings.   -  AFP

England paceman Mark Wood will not be available to the Chennai Super Kings for the remainder of IPL-11.

No, this injury-prone seamer does not have a fitness concern this time around. The 28-year-old Wood will only be travelling back to England to prepare for the English summer that includes a five-Test series against India.

CSK sources revealed to Sportstar  that it had already been decided – at the time of signing – that Wood, who has been a part of the Test and ODI side, would return home at this stage of the IPL if he is in the short list for England selection.

Wood figured in just one game for Super Kings and failed to make an impression, going for 49 runs in his four overs in the away game against Mumbai Indians without getting a wicket.

That was CSK’s inaugural match of the season and Wood has failed to get a look-in after that, with Lungi Ngidi, the other overseas paceman in the side, consolidating his place.

Wood said in his Instagram post, “Having worked so hard to get back into the Test team and because I am not currently in the CSK side, I am coming home to play for Durham to hopefully put my name in the hat for Test match selection.”

The loose-limbed paceman, who can generate speed and extract bounce, has 28 wickets from 11 Tests. He last figured in the Christchurch Test against New Zealand earlier this year.

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