The English captain, Eoin Morgan will not be able to feature in England’s first warm-up game against Australia ahead of the World Cup 2019 as he faced a minor injury blow on his left index finger during the fielding practice in Southampton on Friday.
However, Morgan is expected to be fit to play in the main event when the hosts will be locking horns with South Africa on May 30 in the opening match of the World Cup. There is no confirmation yet about his participation in England’s second warm-up match against Afghanistan.
A statement from ECB read: “He will not take part in the match, but is expected to make a full recovery and be available for England’s opening ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday, May 30.”
🗣 "The digit is the best I could have hoped"@Eoin16 puts a nation's fears to rest and confirms that he will be right for the opening match of #CWC19 despite suffering a dislocated and minor finger fracture at training. pic.twitter.com/PYx5qSYtC4
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019
Morgan underwent “a precautionary X-ray” as he faced an injury scare while practicing with his teammates at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton ahead of Saturday’s unofficial World Cup warm-up against Australia. He faced a blow during catching drills. He was one of 14 players preparing at Hampshire’s ground, with Joe Root absent on personal business.
England has climbed to the top of the ICC ODI rankings under the leadership of Morgan, who is also a crucial cog for the team in their powerful batting line-up.
England spinner Liam Dawson did not witness the incident but said the feeling from his team-mates was the Dublin-born left-hander’s injury was not serious. He said, “I was batting on the other side, so I didn’t know what went on. When I came back to the dressing room a couple of the lads were talking. I just heard he got hit on the finger. I don’t think it’s too bad.”