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Injured Morgan ruled out of series; Livingstone to make debut

Last updated on: March 25, 2021 22:07 IST
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Jos Buttler will captain England in Morgan’s absence.

England captain Eoin Morgan split the webbing between his right thumb and index finger that required four stitches while fielding in the first ODI against India

IMAGE: England captain Eoin Morgan split the webbing between his right thumb and index finger that required four stitches while fielding in the first ODI against India on Tuesday. Photograph: BCCI

England captain Eoin Morgan will miss the final two One-Day Internationals of the ongoing series against India in Pune because of injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.

Sam Billings will miss the second game on Friday, with a decision on his availability for Sunday’s final match to be taken in due course.

 

Jos Buttler will captain England in Morgan’s absence.

Liam Livingstone will make his ODI debut on Friday. Batsman Dawid Malan is also available for selection.

Morgan sustained a split webbing between his thumb and index finger in Tuesday’s series opener, an injury that required four stitches.

He went through a fielding drill at the start of training at the MCA Stadium on Thursday and afterwards declared himself unfit.

Morgan said: “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.

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

Billings, who suffered a bruised left collar bone while fielding in Tuesday’s opening match did not train on Thursday as ‘the injury was sore’, the ECB said in a statement.

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