England skipper Eoin Morgan who suffered a split webbing during England’s loss in the first ODI against India has been ruled out of the second ODI, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed. Jos Buttler will take over captaincy duties. The news comes as a big blow to the visitors who are bound to miss the former’s captaincy as well as hit batting although he hasn’t been in the best form as of late.
India defeated England in the first ODI in Pune and it was a match that saw as many as four injuries. Rohit Sharma was the first to sustain an elbow injury while batting before England’s Sam Billings suffered from a sprained collarbone while attempting to stop a boundary. Eoin Morgan was the next to injure himself before Shreyas Iyer dislocated his shoulder in the second innings in the field.
ECB confirm Eoin Morgan’s absence in the second ODI; Sam Billings out of second ODI
The England and Wales Cricket Board took to Twitter today to announce the news of Morgan’s absence. They wrote, “Morgan will miss out after sustaining a split webbing between his thumb and index finger in Tuesday’s series opener, an injury that required four stitches. The captain went through a fielding drill during training at the MCA Stadium on Thursday and afterwards declared himself unfit.”
Meanwhile, Dawid Malan has been drafted into the squad after travelling along as cover. Malan could get to play tomorrow while England would also look at Liam Livingstone who is a part of the original squad. The ECB also confirmed that Sam Billings will not feature in the second ODI due to his injury.
The second ODI begins tomorrow at 1:30 PM IST.