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England vs Pakistan 4th ODI: Imam-ul-Haq taken to hospital after being hit by a Mark Wood short ball

The ball struck Imam-ul-Haq’s left elbow after he missed an attempted pull shot. The young left-hander appeared to be in a lot of pain and immediately hit the grounds after the impact.

The Pakistan think tank had their hearts in their mouths after Imam-Ul-Haq walked off the field with an elbow injury during the series-deciding 4th ODI against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday. Imam was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays but to everyone’s relief, he returned to bat towards the end of the Pakistan innings, signalling that there was no fracture.
Imam was hit flush on his left elbow by an 89 MPH delivery from Mark Wood, which rose from a length during the fourth over of the match after England’s stand-in captain Jos Buttler invited Pakistan to bat first. Imam was batting on 3.
The ball struck Imam’s left elbow after he missed an attempted pull shot. The young left-hander appeared to be in a lot of pain and immediately hit the grounds after the impact. The physios rushed in and he was advised to retire hurt as Babar Azam walked in to bat.
Pakistan coach Micky Arthur understandably had his hand on his head seeing Imam walk off the field as the opener is one of Pakistan’s mainstays going into the World Cup. Imam struck a sparkling century in a losing cause in the previous ODI in Bristol.
England, meanwhile, made a few changes to their side before selecting the final World Cup side.
Bairstow’s absence saw Hampshire top-order batsman James Vince given another chance to make a case for World Cup selection.
England also freshened up their attack, recalling fast bowler Mark Wood for his first international appearance of the season and pairing the Durham paceman with recently-qualified Sussex quick Jofra Archer, rested from the last two matches.

 

The duo replaced fellow quicks Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett, while leg-spinner Adil Rashid replaced left-arm quick David Willey.
England have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series after the first ODI was washed out.

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