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Dan Lawrence leaves England's bio-secure bubble due to family bereavement
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Dan Lawrence leaves England's bio-secure bubble due to family bereavement

Uncapped batsman Dan Lawrence has withdrawn from England's squad to spend time with his family following the loss of a loved one.

Lawrence was included in the extended Test line-up as part of the group of reserve batsmen but failed to get an appearance this summer.

His prospects of finally representing England became a bit brighter after Ben Stokes pulled out of the remaining Pakistan Tests due to family reasons but the youngster will have to wait his turn to don the national jersey.

The 23-year-old Essex batsman is considered to be one of the most promising talents in the country given his expansive first-class career in such a short time. He boasts an impressive tally of 3,804 runs from 70 four-day games at an average of just over 38.

England have announced that they will not be naming any replacement for Lawrence and requested the media to respect his family's privacy during this testing period.

Lawrence's unavailability paves the way for the likely inclusion of Zak Crawley for the next Test against Pakistan. Crawley played the first two matches in the West Indies series before being omitted for two games to allow an extra seamer in the side.

England's Southampton clash against Pakistan will begin on Thursday as the hosts search for their first series win over the familiar foes in 10 years.