South Africa v England: Bowler Mark Wood set to miss tour

Mark Wood
Mark Wood took six wickets in two Tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates

England pace bowler Mark Wood looks set to miss this winter's tour of South Africa because of injury.

The 25-year-old has an ankle injury and missed the final Test of the recent series against Pakistan.

It has been suggested that bowler Steven Finn would also miss the tour with a foot injury but he has said he still hopes to be involved.external-link

Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan and Mark Footitt are options to replace Wood in the 17-man squad.

Steven Finn tweet

James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be England's frontline pace bowlers in the squad, which will be announced on Thursday morning.

The tour gets under way on 15 December with a warm-up game against a South African Invitational XI and runs through to 21 February 2016.

England will play four Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s.

All-rounder Ben Stokes is understood to have recovered sufficiently from a "collar bone joint injury" and should be fit for the tour.

The 24-year-old suffered the injury fielding in the final Test of the 2-0 series defeat by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates this month.

Who could replace Finn & Wood?
Mark Footitt00-
Chris Jordan82135.80
Liam Plunkett134137.46
Chris Woakes4652.16

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