Jack Leach out of India-England series

Leach banged his left knee while diving during the first Test victory at Hyderabad, and the injury - which kept him out of the second Test - has now ruled him out of the series


England spinner Jack Leach has been ruled out of the remainder of the five-Test series in India.

Leach, who has been enormously unfortunate with injury and illness for much of his international career, banged his left knee while diving during the first Test victory at Hyderabad.

He subsequently missed the defeat at Visakhapatnam, instead presenting Somerset teammate Shoaib Bashir with his maiden cap.

It was hoped at the time that the injury, which was exacerbated by a second bang to the knee later in the same game, would sort itself out in time for the third Test in Rajkot, which follows the current break, for which England have travelled to Abu Dhabi.


Leach suffered the injury during the first Test at Hyderabad (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Leach was still able to dismiss Shreyas Iyer in the first Test despite the heavy strapping on his leg and the obvious discomfort.

He was only just returning from a stress fracture that prevented his involvement in the summer Ashes series.

He is set to fly back to the UK within the next 24 hours, with England choosing not to summon a replacement.

Instead, they will pick from their trio of inexperienced spinners in Bashir, Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley, all of whom have performed creditably in the opening throes of a highly anticipated series.

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