Morgan Ruled out of England-India ODI Series

Morgan Ruled out of England-India ODI Series Photo: TT
England's captain Eoin Morgan bats during the first One Day International cricket match between India and England at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune

England have been dealt a blow on the eve of the second One Day International against India with captain Eoin Morgan ruled out of the series with injury.

Morgan sustained a hand injury in the field in the first ODI on Tuesday and while he was able to bat, he has since ruled himself after training on Thursday.

“I had the hand re-dressed before the start of training today but it quickly became apparent that I found myself protecting the injury and getting into the wrong positions to catch the ball,” Morgan said.

“There’s nowhere to hide on the field in international cricket these days, especially in limited-over formats so it didn’t require any great thought to make myself unavailable.

“It was a freak injury and it’s extremely frustrating but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s now just a case of letting the cut heal.”

Jos Buttler will step in to lead England for Friday’s ODI, while Liam Livingstone is likely to come into the XI.

“I have every confidence in Jos and the rest of the squad coping without me,” Morgan said.

To make matters worse, Sam Billings also injured his shoulder on Tuesday and will miss Friday’s ODI. He may still play in Sunday’s final ODI, possibly based on if the series is alive.

Livingstone said: “I’ve been waiting for this chance for a while now so really excited. India have played some really good cricket, the back end of the T20 series and the one-dayer the other day so it’s a great chance to test myself against one of the best teams in the world.”

Ben somerford
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