Morgan turns England's latest casualty

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Published: Monday, February 7, 2011, 10:52 [IST]
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Morgan turns England's latest casualty

England batsman Eoin Morgan has became his side's sixth casualty of the tour Down Under after the English and Wales Cricket Boards confirmed that he had suffered a fractured finger.

The Ireland-born player had broken the distal phalanx in the middle finger of his left hand, and will return to the UK to see a specialist. His chances of playing in the World Cup now hinge on the medical assessment due.

Morgan first noticed the problem during the fourth ODI in Adelaide but the problem got worse till an x-ray revealed the injury, owing to which he was kept out of the 6th and final ODI against Australia.

Morgan's injury is the latest in a series of injuries that have afflicted England's limited-overs squad. He joins Graeme Swann (knee/back), Tim Bresnan (calf), Ajmal Shahzad (hamstring), Chris Tremlett (side strain) and all-rounder Paul Collingwood (back), all having flown home early.

Paceman Stuart Broad has also been sidelined for the entire series due to the stomach injury he suffered during the Ashes series.

Apart from Bresnan, all of those names are, however, expected to be fit for the World Cup opener against Holland on February 22.


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