Lawrence leaves England Test squad
England’s Dan Lawrence has withdrawn from the squad for personal reasons ahead of the second Test against Pakistan. The batting all-rounder has left bio-secure bubble after the death of a relative.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed in a statement on Monday that Lawrence would not be available for the second Test. The match will start next Thursday in Southampton. England are 1-0 up in the three-match series after winning the first Test.
“Lawrence, who has yet to make his Test debut, was named as one of the reserves in the #raisethebat Test series against Pakistan. He will not be available for selection when the second Test starts on Thursday at the Ageas Bowl,”
the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board requests that the media respects Dan and his family’s request for privacy at this time,” it added.
Lawrence, 23, has yet to make his debut for the country. He was in the reserve squad for the first Test of the Pakistan series.
Lawrence is quite experienced in first-class cricket. So far he has played 70 matches for county club Essex. He has scored 3,804 runs at an average of 38.42 with 10 centuries.
Meanwhile, English all-rounder Ben Stokes has dropped his name from the remaining two Tests in the ongoing series against Pakistan to meet his family.
The ECB has not added anyone to Lawrence’s replacement.