Pakistan faces a big setback in Lord's Test

Pakistan faces a big setback in Lord's Test

LONDON - Pakistan suffered a setback after dominating the second day s play in the first Test against England at Lord s on Friday when in-form batsman Babar Azam was ruled out of the rest of the two-match series with a wrist injury.

Babar top-scored with 68 in Pakistan s stumps total of 350 for eight -- a lead of 166 runs after they bowled England out for 184 in their first innings.

But he was forced to retire hurt before the close after being struck a painful blow on the wrist by England pace bowling all-rounder Ben Stokes.

The 23-year-old Babar, for whom this was indeed an unlucky 13th Test, received sympathetic applause from a large crowd as he walked off after several minutes of on-field treatment

Babar was taken to a hospital for a scan which confirmed he would not be able to get back on the field at Lord s or indeed take part in next week s second Test at Headingley.

"We took him for a precautionary X-ray which unfortunately confirmed a fractured left wrist," said Pakistan physiotherapist Cliff Deacon.

"It normally takes four to six weeks to heal so we will assess him with further X-rays."

The Pakistan Cricket Board added it had no intention to add a replacement batsman to the tour squad. - APP/AFP