NEW DELHI, February 4 (Reuters) – England’s top batsman Zak Crawley has been ruled out of the first two tests against India due to a wrist injury, the team said on Thursday.
Crawley, who was likely to beat at number three in Friday’s opening test, injured his right wrist after slipping out of the locker room in Chennai on Wednesday.
“Following the results of last night’s scan, England’s premier drummer Zak Crawley was left out of the first two tests,” the tourists said in a statement.
“The results of the scan confirmed that Crawley shook his right wrist, which twisted the joint and led to local inflammation.”
The Kent player was injured during England training in Chennai on Tuesday when he slipped on the marble floor, the team said.
Opening the bat with Dom Sibley in Sri Lanka, Crawley only managed 35 points in four innings and had to retire with Rory Burns, returning from paternity leave, replacing him at the top.