Wood cleared to play in third Test

Wood has only picked up one wicket in the first two Tests

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England pace bowler Mark Wood has been declared fit for the third Test against South Africa after complaining of soreness in his left heel.

Wood has undergone three ankle surgeries since October 2015, but his heel issue isn’t thought to be related.

However, it remains to be seen whether Wood will retain his spot in the squad as he has taken just one wicket in the first two Tests at an average of 197.

As a result, Toby Roland-Jones, who has yet to make his Test debut, is likely to be the frontrunner to replace him since Chris Woakes, who suffered a side strain in the Champions Trophy opener in June, is set to be sidelined until England’s tour of the West Indies in mid-August.

England and South Africa are tied at 1-1 going into the third Test, which begins on July 27 at The Oval.

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