Joe Root injures England before test against New Zealand

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Joe Root injures England ahead of the first Test against New Zealand after the captain’s right hand was injured by a ball delivered by head coach Chris Silverwood

  • Despite bruises, Joe Root is expected to be fit to take on New Zealand at Lord’s
  • Root will miss the outdoor net practice session on Tuesday as a precaution
  • Haseeb Hameed or Sam Billings can replace Root if he is not fit to play

England faced injury scare ahead of Wednesday’s first Test against New Zealand when Joe Root suffered a painful blow to the right hand during training at Lord’s.

The England captain left the nets for treatment immediately after being hit by a ball delivered by coach Chris Silverwood from the ‘dog thrower’ training device.

Root then worked indoors with assistant coach Paul Collingwood before returning to England’s first major outdoor practice of the summer.

Joe Root suffered a hand injury during pre-Test practice against New Zealand in Lords

Joe Root suffered a hand injury during pre-Test practice against New Zealand in Lords

England head coach Chris Silverwood is sweating over Roots' fitness ahead of Wednesday's Test

England head coach Chris Silverwood is sweating over Roots' fitness ahead of Wednesday's Test

England head coach Chris Silverwood is sweating over Roots’ fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Test

England later said the hand was bruised and Root could miss outdoor nets on Tuesday as a precaution, but he is not thought to be in doubt as to whether he will face the Kiwis in the season opener.

Root re-established himself as one of the world’s ‘fab four’ last winter with two double centuries and another great century against Sri Lanka and India, alongside Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and his counterpart in Wednesday’s first Test Kane Williamson.

If the problem turns out to be worse than England’s first diagnosed, both Haseeb Hameed and Sam will have Billings in reserve after being called up following the injury to Ben Foakes who will hand James Bracey his Test debut.

Haseeb Hameed or Sam Billings (pictured) can be set to substitute if Root is not fit to play

Haseeb Hameed or Sam Billings (pictured) can be set to substitute if Root is not fit to play

Haseeb Hameed or Sam Billings (pictured) can be set to substitute if Root is not fit to play

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