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Mark Wood ruled out of the Ashes due to knee injury

Mark Wood has been forced out of the remainder of the summer due to a side strain he sustained during England's World Cup triumph last month.

The Durham paceman was one of the chief protagonists of England's historic World Cup win, registering 18 wickets at an impressive average of 25.72 throughout the tournament.

The injury-prone Wood had been struggling with a knee problem and a lingering ankle niggle but the selectors persisted with him for the final of the showpiece event against New Zealand.

He was subsequently not included in the Lord's Test against Ireland nor the opening game of the Ashes series at Edgbaston.

Earlier, it was intimated that Wood will be available by the fourth Test of the five-match series against Australia but his left side strain is expected to keep him out of longer.

"England fast bowler Mark Wood has had left knee surgery to address an injury sustained during the ICC Cricket World Cup," said a team statement.

"The Durham player will continue rehabilitation for this and the left side strain that he sustained in the World Cup final.

"As a result of these injuries, he will be unavailable for any cricket for the remainder of the season."

Wood claimed career-best figures of 5-41 against the West Indies in his last Test appearance.

Wood's bowling is denoted by his express pace and consistently high speeds - often a factor behind his fitness issues.

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