Jack Leach from England will not participate in the second Test against India


England’s Jack Leach will miss the second Test against India due to an injury, creating an opportunity for his Somerset team-mate Shoaib Bashir to potentially make his international debut.

Leach, a left-arm spinner, played a limited role in England’s 28-run victory in the series opener, as he suffered a knee injury during the match. According to Ben Stokes, Leach has been ruled out for the second Test due to a haematoma resulting from the knock he took in the previous game.

Shoaib Bashir faced a visa issue last week but managed to resolve it and return in time to witness England’s triumph in the first Test. The 20-year-old off-spinner has limited experience, but England may consider him for the upcoming match following a successful Test debut by rookie left-arm spinner Tom Hartley last week.

“To be perfectly honest, our training camp in Abu Dhabi was the first real live look I got at Bash,” Ben Stokes said. “The first time I saw him was on Twitter. I think the County Championship put a little clip together of him bowling against Sir Alastair (Cook).

“I just saw something. With the height he bowled from, it was very obvious that he put a lot of action, a lot of revolutions, on the ball.”

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