Batsman Zak Crawley a major doubt for first Test with wrist injury
England batsman Zak Crawley is a major doubt for the first Test after slipping and injuring his wrist outside the dressing room.
The England camp are fearing a fractured right wrist for the top order batsman who would have slotted back into number three following the return to the side of Rory Burns.
The Kent batsman who turned 23 today has been for a scan in Chennai and is awaiting the results, but Mirrorsport understands he took no part in training today with his wrist causing him great pain.
It would be a cruel blow for Crawley who is understood to have simply broken his fall as he slipped on the smooth concrete outside the dressing room.
At six foot five inches it is a long way down for the right hander who tried to remain stoic about the injury, but is now facing time on the sidelines.
If Crawley does miss out as a result of the injury then their could be a reprieve for Essex batsman Dan Lawrence who was expected to make way for the returning Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope.
Either Lawrence or Pope could be promoted up to three in the order with England still to make a decision on the balance of their bowling attack.
Moeen Ali is competing with Dom Bess for a spinner's spot although a mottled looking pitch suggests that three spinners might not be the worst option.
Crawley had a difficult tour of Sri Lanka as an opener, but England's faith in him remains strong after his breakthrough summer and his epic innings of 267 against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl.
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