UPDATED: June 1, 2021 14:13 IST
England captain Joe Root was hit on his right hand while taking throwdowns from head coach Chris Silverwood ahead of the first Test of the 2-match series versus New Zealand on Monday. Silverwood was using the ‘dog-thrower’ training device to help the star batsman in the nets.
The 30-year-old immediately left the nets for treatment after being struck by the ball and later worked inside with assistant coach Paul Collingwood before returning to England’s first major outdoor practice of the summer.
According to the Daily Mail, England later said that the hand was bruised and Root may miss outdoor nets on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. However, he is not thought to be a doubt over facing Kane Williamson’s men at Lord’s from Wednesday, June 2.
The right-hander has been in good form since the start of 2021. He hit two double hundreds and a hundred in the starting two months of the year. His 228 in the first innings of Chennai Test vs India, helped England win the match by a 227-run margin. However, he did not manage to cross the 50-run mark even once in the next 7 innings of the 4-match series which his team lost 1-3.
A lot will depend on Root and his batting in the absence of star players like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.
In case Root missed the first Test due to the injury, England has both Haseeb Hameed and Sam Billings in reserve after they were called up following the injury to wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes.
New Zealand will face India in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) after the conclusion of the England series.