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World T20 snapshots: England face injury crisis as Wright, Stokes ruled out

March 23, 2014 12:48 IST

World T20 snapshots: England face injury crisis as Wright, Stokes ruled out

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England all-rounder Luke Wright was ruled out of the World Twenty20 with a side strain on Saturday.

Barely hours before the already-depleted English side begin their Super 10 campaign against New Zealand in Chittagong, 29-year-old Wright joined Joe Root and Ben Stokes in being forced out of the former winners' squad with injury.

"The Event Technical Committee ... has approved Craig Kieswetter as a replacement player for Luke Wright in the England men's squad," the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

Like Wright, South Africa-born Kieswetter was part of England's 2010 World Twenty20 winning side.


Image: England's Luke Wright
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Stokes had the operation to repair the fractured scaphoid bone

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All-rounder Stokes has had surgery on his broken wrist and will need at least six weeks to recover before he can begin training, the England and Wales Cricket Board have said.

The 22-year-old was ruled out of England's World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh because of the injury, which occurred when he punched a dressing room locker following a dismissal against West Indies in Barbados earlier this month.

New Zealand-born Stokes had the operation to repair the fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist, the ECB said in a statement, and his progress would be reviewed in six weeks to determine when he could resume training.


Image: Ben Stokes
Photographs: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

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Faulkner to miss Pakistan match

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Recuperating Australian James Faulkner will miss Sunday's super 10 match against Pakistan

Faulkner's wait on the sidelines also got prolonged as the 23-year-old continues to recover from a knee surgery which forced him out of Australia's test tour of South Africa.

"He will miss tomorrow's game," Australia captain George Bailey told reporters, still optimistic that the bowling all-rounder would play a pivotal role in the tournament and beyond.

"I think his record is pretty handy in Twenty20. He's certainly played a huge role in Twenty20 and one-day teams since his debut.

"He's a really important player for us, he's really versatile, adds another dimension to our team. We are just monitoring him. I think the way he plays, he'd become more and more important to us as the tournament progresses."


Image: James Faulkner


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