English batsman Dan Lawrence has left the bio-secure bubble due to a family bereavement and will miss the chance to make his Test debut in Thursday’s second Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl
While the 23-year-old has not yet appeared for England, he remained with the squad throughout their three-match series against West Indies, and had stayed on as a reserve batsman for the first Test against Pakistan.
England confirmed that he would not be available for the second Pakistan Test, due to begin on Thursday, 13 August at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and that they would not be bringing in a replacement for Lawrence in the squad.
Despite his age, Lawrence has a large amount of first-class experience, having made a total of 70 appearances in the format, most of them for his county side, Essex. In those games, he has scored 3804 runs at an average of 38.42, including 10 centuries.
JUST IN: Dan Lawrence has left the bio-secure bubble around the England Test squad due to a family bereavement.
— ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2020
Lawrence, who was included to the squad in the summer and had been a possible inclusion for the second Test following Ben Stokes’ departure from the squad due to his own family reasons.
Ollie Robinson, the fast bowler, was this week withdrawn from Sussex’s Bob Willis Trophy fixture against Kent to bolster England’s seam options ahead of the second Test. However, the management have chosen not to replace Lawrence in England’s 18-man party.
That means that Zak Crawley is the likely beneficiary of Stokes’ absence, having been omitted to include an extra seamer in the last two Tests. The uncapped James Bracey and Ben Foakes, both wicketkeeper-batsmen, are the other two batting options at England’s disposal.