Somerset spinner Jack Leach looks set to miss England’s first Test against Pakistan with a broken thumb.
Leach was absent from Somerset’s attack against Hampshire on Monday morning having been struck on his bowling hand during the warm-up ahead of day four of the Specsavers County Championship match in Taunton.
Somerset have confirmed the slow left-armer has suffered a break – no timescale has been put on his return but Leach looks likely to miss the Lord’s Test from May 24, the squad for which is announced by new national selector Ed Smith at 3pm on Tuesday.
James Vince pressed his England claims against Somerset by hitting his first hundred of the season, the right-hander’s ton coming from 277 deliveries.
Vince played in six of England’s seven Tests this winter in Australia and New Zealand, hitting three fifties in 11 innings with a top score of 82 in the Ashes opener in Brisbane, and averages 24.90 from his 13 Tests in total.
Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins has also been mooted for an England call-up, with Surrey’s Mark Stoneman failing to pass fifty in seven knocks for his county so far this season.
Gubbins, in contrast, has hit 107 against Sussex and 99 against Gloucestershire since recovering from a hamstring injury, while he also notched back-to-back centuries in the North v South Series in Barbados in March.