England's Jack Leach suffers injury ahead of squad selection for first Test against Pakistan

Jack Leach has broken the thumb on his bowling hand on the eve of England's squad selection for the first Test against Pakistan, his county side Somerset announced on Monday.

AFP, May 14, 2018

London: Jack Leach has broken the thumb on his bowling hand on the eve of England's squad selection for the first Test against Pakistan, his county side Somerset announced on Monday.

File image of England's Jack Leach. Reuters

File image of England's Jack Leach. Reuters

Leach, who impressed on his recent Test debut against New Zealand in Christchurch, took a blow to his thumb while batting in the nets before the final day of Somerset's County Championship match against Hampshire at Taunton.

After his absence throughout the morning session, Somerset confirmed the nature of the injury via Twitter.

"Jack Leach has sustained a broken left thumb. It's too early to know how long he will be out for at the moment," the tweet said.

Leach's likely unavailability for the first Test against Pakistan, which starts at Lord's on May 24, could mean a reprieve for Moeen Ali.

Off-spinning all-rounder Moeen was dropped for the drawn Test against the Black Caps in March, making room for slow left-armer Leach to make his international debut at the age of 26.

New national selector Ed Smith is due to announce the squad for the first Test on Tuesday.

Updated Date: May 14, 2018

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Chennai
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Rajasthan
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2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114