Dynamic England batter Harry Brook will miss the upcoming Test series against India due to personal reasons, as confirmed by the ECB on its social media channels. The 24-year-old, currently training with the touring squad in Abu Dhabi, will return to the UK. Dan Lawrence has been designated as Brook’s replacement, set to join the squad within 24 hours. The squad, led by Ben Stokes, is scheduled to arrive in India on Sunday, gearing up for the opening Test in Hyderabad on January 25.
In an official statement, the ECB announced, “Harry Brook is set to return home immediately for personal reasons from the England Men’s Test tour of India, with no plans of returning. The Brook family has requested privacy during this period, and both the ECB and the family urge the media and the public to respect their need for privacy and refrain from intruding on their personal space.”
This development poses a significant challenge to England’s prospects in India, where no visiting team has secured a Test series victory in the past 12 years. Brook, an emerging star in England’s Test cricket over the last 18 months, boasts an impressive record, averaging 62.16 from 12 Tests and accumulating 1181 runs at a strike rate of 91.76, including four centuries. His outstanding performance in the late 2022 tour of Pakistan, where he earned the Player of the Series title for scoring 468 runs at an average of 93.60 from five innings, further underscores his impact.