Cricket England rest Wood for Sharjah Test

Mark Wood's ankle problem will see the fast bowler rested in Sharjah, as England seek to draw their three-match Test series with Pakistan.

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England fast bowler Mark Wood will miss the final Test with Pakistan in Sharjah due to his ongoing ankle problem.

Wood revealed in August that he may ultimately require surgery to resolve an issue with his left ankle, which has caused discomfort for some time.

The 25-year-old was able to feature in Abu Dhabi and Dubai - coming close to rescuing a draw for England in the second Test as he shared a lengthy ninth-wicket partnership with Adil Rashid that ultimately proved in vain.

However, Wood will now be rested in Sharjah as England aim to secure a series-levelling victory.

A tweet from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Friday, read: "Fast bowler @MAWood33 is rested for 3rd Test vs Pakistan due to ongoing ankle condition #getwellsoon."

The third Test starts on Sunday, with seamers Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan the contenders to replace Wood, unless England opt to field a third spinner in the form of all-rounder Samit Patel.

Legendary Australia bowler Shane Warne joined England for training on Friday, a day on from enjoying a session with Pakistan and describing Yasir Shah as "probably the best leg-spinner in the world".

Warne spent time with Adil Rashid on this occasion and was also complimentary when it came to assessing England's leggie.

"It's an honour to be down here, there's not so many times ever that I think I've been to an England training session," a smiling Warne told the BBC.

"It was a pleasure to work with him [Rashid]. I think he's got all the toys, all the tools.

"[He] thinks about the game really well. A lot of spinners you speak to don't really think like he does, so I was really impressed. We've just got to make sure he doesn't over-think it."

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