Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach is set to miss England's upcoming two-match Test series against Pakistan after sustaining a fracture to his left thumb.
The 26-year-old made his Test debut in the final match of the winter programme against New Zealand and performed solidly in the draw against the Black Caps in Christchurch, taking two wickets in the second innings.
Jack Leach has sustained a broken left thumb. It's too early to know how long he will be out for at the moment.Somerset CCC
However, he now faces a spell out of action after taking a nasty blow while running through fielding drills ahead of the final day's play in his county's County Championship clash with Hampshire.
Somerset CCC tweeted: "Jack Leach has sustained a broken left thumb. It's too early to know how long he will be out for at the moment."
With Leach ruled out, a recall for all-rounder Moeen Ali appears to be the most likely spin option for England, unless they gamble on the likes of Dominic Bess or Amar Virdi.
Meanwhile, England Test captain Joe Root says he will be ready and raring to go when the first Test of the summer starts at Lord's on May 24th, despite struggling to make the most of his opportunities to get amongst the runs with Yorkshire.
Root told The Guardian: "When you come back to Yorkshire, you want to perform and give a bit back to the side, so it's been a little bit disappointing. But that's cricket, it can be challenging.
"I didn't come into these games to get ready for the Test matches. I made sure I did my preparation beforehand to try and perform well for Yorkshire.
"It's just not materialised, unfortunately. That's just how it can go."
Root has made scores of 0, 35, 14 and 23 in two appearances for the Tykes against Essex and Surrey.
England are available at 9/4 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil and are 5/1 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20, while the Three Lions are 4/5 to win outright the Ashes series against Australia next year.
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