England call up Mahmood for second India Test with Bess returning to Yorkshire

Saqib Mahmood has joined England’s Test squad ahead of their second game against India at Lords, while off-spinner Dom Bess has returned to Yorkshire for the Royal London One Day Cup

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Lancashire quick Saqib Mahmood has been called up to the England squad ahead of their second Test against India to provide cover for Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

Broad strained his right calf in training on Tuesday and is a major doubt for the Test, which would be his 150th.

Anderson, meanwhile, missed training on Wednesday with a thigh problem.

As a result, Mahmood has joined the group after impressing in England’s recent ODI and T20I wins over Pakistan, suggesting Broad is unlikely to be fit.

Mahmood, who has been playing in The Hundred for Oval Invincibles, has likely been drafted in with one eye on the upcoming Ashes series.

England have made no secret of their desire to utilise pace in Australia and Mahmood has the ability bowl over 90mph.

Saqib Mahmood has been called up to England’s Test squad


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With Jofra Archer ruled out for the remainder of the year with an elbow fracture and Olly Stone not expected to be fit for another six months after suffering a stress fracture in his back, England are likely to hand Mahmood his Test debut at some point this summer.

Former England captain Michael Atherton recently likened Mahmood to Broad, telling Sky Sports that he feels the 24-year-old could be his long-term successor.

Mahmood will provide cover for Stuart Broad, who suffered a calf injury on Tuesday


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“He looks like a bowler who can challenge across formats, thinking ahead to the India and Australia Test matches coming up,” Atherton said last month.

“I’m not wishing Broad away at all, he’s one of England’s all-time greats, but Mahmood looks like the type of bowler who could step into Broad’s shoes.

“He offers accuracy, seam movement and a bit of skill with the old ball when it reverses. He is improving, for sure.”

Mahmood is the second player to be added to England’s squad this week after Moeen Ali was recalled.

Ali is expected to be picked for the second Test and England captain Joe Root is confident he can make an immediate impact.

“That’s why he’s been called up to the squad,” Root said. “For his capability with both bat and ball.

Moeen Ali has also recently joined the squad


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“He’s in great form at the minute, playing with great confidence, and we all know what he’s capable of in the Test arena.

“He’s scored big hundreds and won the games with the ball as well and he’s a fine cricketer.”

With both Mahmood and Ali now in the squad, off-spinner Dom Bess has been released from the group and will return to Yorkshire.

Dom Bess, meanwhile, will return to Yorkshire


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Bess was not picked for the first Test and will now feature for his county in the Royal London One Day Cup, with Yorkshire due to take on Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens on Thursday.

Bess was named as Yorkshire captain for the duration of the competition, with Gary Ballance deputising for the 24-year-old while he has been with England’s Test team.

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