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Mark Wood is set to make a comeback as England’s pick in Rajkot out of 12.

Mark Wood is set to make a comeback as England’s pick in Rajkot out of 12.

Mark Wood is expected to reclaim his spot in the starting XI on the green-tinged Rajkot ground as England has reduced their squad for the third Test to just 12.

In each of the first two Test matches, the tourists have only used one seamer: Wood was selected for the first game in Hyderabad and James Anderson was substituted for him in Visakhapatnam. For the first time in this series, England will bat with two quicks, substituting one of the three spinners from the second Test if they determine the circumstances will be more suited to seaming.

Off-spinner Shoaib Bashir, who made his debut in Vizag, is probably the one, so Rehan Ahmed, who became the most recent England player to experience visa problems, will stay in his spot.

Rehan was detained at Rajkot airport when England returned to India from their mid-series break in Abu Dhabi due to his single entry visa, unlike Bashir’s situation when his visa was issued late and thus missed the first Test. Rehan and Bashir are both of Pakistani descent and were born in the United Kingdom.

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