Wood to replace Stone for first Test

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England have called up Mark Wood to their squad for the three Tests in the West Indies after fellow pace bowler Olly Stone was ruled out. Uncapped Stone, 25, has a stress fracture of the back and will return home on Friday.

Wood, who was set to be part of the limited-overs matches in the Caribbean, is expected to arrive over the weekend. The 29-year-old played the most recent of his 12 Tests in the defeat by Pakistan at Lord’s in May.

Wood has taken 30 wickets at an average of 41.73 in a career that has been plagued by injuries. The first Test at the Kensington Oval in Barbados begins on Wednesday.

England’s final two-day warm-up match against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI started on Thursday at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados. (BBC Sport)

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