Batsman Zak Crawley is out of the first and second Test with wrist injury

England batsman Zak Crawley has been ruled out of the first and second Tests against India after slipping and spraining his wrist outside the dressing room.

The England camp were 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.

But thankfully the Kent batsman, who turned 23 on Wednesday, has thankfully only sprained the joint after the results of a scan were confirmed by medics in London allowing him to remain on the tour.

It is a cruel blow for Crawley who simply broke his fall with his hand as he slipped on the smooth marble floor outside the dressing room and jarred the wrist causing local inflammation.

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 a spell on the sidelines.

"It’s really frustrating and for Zak in particular," said England captain Joe Root. "It was a real freak incident where he was walking out the changing room, slipped over and landed on his wrist.

"We initially just put some towels down and since then they’ve put something more substantial down. We know we’ve got to be careful.

"It’s not something you first think about when you turn up to a ground, trying not to fall over. It was a real freak accident and hopefully that will be the last of it, and no one falls to the same thing."

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.

With Crawley missing out as a result of the injury then there 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.

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