Dan Lawrence was on Monday ruled out of Thursday’s second Test when he was given permission to leave England’s bio-secure bubble at the Ageas Bowl because of a family bereavement.
The Essex batsman was in contention to make his debut because of the enforced absence of Ben Stokes, who will this week fly to his family home in New Zealand to be with his father Ged, who was taken ill in Johannesburg ahead of the Boxing Day Test.
Now, with Stokes and Lawrence missing, England’s batting equation against Pakistan becomes more clear-cut, with Zak Crawley replacing Stokes and batting at three and captain Joe Root moving down to his favoured No 4 position.
Crawley, 22, missed out on the first Test against Pakistan as well as the series decider against West Indies, having scored his highest Test score of 76 in the opening game.
Despite the absence of Stokes and now Lawrence, England will be looking to push on and maintain the momentum gained from Saturday’s win over Pakistan.
The hosts, lead by a brilliant second-innings partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler, chased down the 277-run total set by the visitors on a challenging fourth-day pitch at Old Trafford.
Concerns were raised regarding Buttler’s performance behind the stumps, but he made up for it with a terrific knock of 75 runs, quietening calls for Ben Foakes to take the gloves for the next Test.
Similar questions were posed of veteran fast bowler James Anderson, with the 38-year-old racking up six wickets from 92 overs so far this summer. Ollie Robinson may get a run out at Southampton in his place.
England take on Pakistan in the second Test on Thursday at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.