Wood joins Worcestershire

04 July 2018 06:22:42 EST

Worcestershire have moved to ease their fast-bowling injury crisis by snapping up Nottinghamshire left-armer Luke Wood on a month-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old started the 2018 season well, taking four wickets in the first two County Championship games of the campaign, but was then sidelined for several weeks with ankle ligament damage.

To make matters worse he suffered a bout of illness on his return and had to wait for his chance in the Notts second XI.

Now, with Worcestershire captain Joe Leach out for the season with a back injury and Josh Tongue not due back until the final six weeks because of a damaged metatarsal, Wood will get the chance to play his part in the Royals' Vitality Blast campaign.

He will also be available for the Division One County Championship fixture against Somerset at New Road.

"Luke has been a little unlucky after a bright start to the season, so getting some games under his belt at this point in his comeback is just what we think he needs," said Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mick Newell.

"Worcestershire will be getting a player who will be determined to prove himself and hopefully, when he comes back to Trent Bridge, he will be pushing for a first-team place."

Worcestershire will be captained by Moeen Ali in Twenty20 cricket although Brett D'Oliveira is set to deputise for the first few matches due to England's limited-overs commitments against India.

Worcestershire are 10/1 to win the Vitality Blast this summer while Nottinghamshire can be backed at 13/2.

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