Cricket Australia confirm Josh Inglis will MISS the T20 World Cup after the wicketkeeper’s ‘incredibly mad’ golfing accident… as reigning champions Cameron Green call for the injured star’s replacement
Australia’s T20 World Cup preparations have taken a major blow after Josh Inglis was banned from the tournament following an ‘incredibly bizarre’ golfing accident.
The wicket-keeper cut his right hand when the metal handle of his 6-iron broke on impact while Inglis was playing at New South Wales Golf Club on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old was then taken to hospital and Australian coach Andrew McDonald confirmed on Thursday that the injury had kept Inglis out of the World Cup.
Josh Inglis suffered a bizarre injury just days before Australia’s first World Cup match
“When he made contact with the ground, the shaft broke around the grip area and cut the palm of his right hand,” he said.
“It’s damage to the palm of the hand, which is not ideal” […] so where he would grip the bat and if he had to ‘hold’ the ball would hit that area.
‘He saw a hand specialist yesterday, luckily there is no tendon damage.
That’s the positive of the negative, there’s no tendon damage, and they’ve been able to stitch it up and clean up the wound and let the healing begin.
Inglis’ (right) hand was bloodied after a golf club broke in his hand on Wednesday morning (pictured with Glenn Maxwell in June)
Inglis was spotted during training on Thursday with a heavy bandage on his right hand
Australian T20 World Cup Squad
Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
“But we know that the time frame, and how quickly these matches will take place, greatly jeopardizes his part in the World Cup.”
Inglis was unlikely to play Australia’s opening match against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday and his place in the defending champion’s 15-man group has disappeared. to the highly regarded Camron Green.
The change, ratified by the International Cricket Council’s technical committee for events on Thursday, means Australia is betting that first-choice Matthew Wade will not go down on a match day.
Such an occurrence would mean there is no acknowledged understudy – although lead-off hitter David Warner donned the gloves during Thursday’s practice.
Green has played six of Australia’s warm-up matches prior to the T20 World Cup, opening up batting and bowling in all but one.
The 23-year-old scored two half-centuries during a three-game series out in India, but struggled on home soil, scoring 14, 1 and 1 against the West Indies and England.
Green led the battle for Australia in the last six T20 warm-up games
The promising 23-year-old also bowled in all but one of those six games
Australia has moved captain Aaron Finch down to place Green, who has played on seven T20 internationals, at the top of the order.
On Thursday, McDonald noted that including Green in the roster would give Australia the same flexibility over the course of the tournament.
“Anyone who can hit anywhere in the order and give you a few handy overs can give you a different perspective if something went wrong with your top seven batters,” he told SEN Radio just before Green was called up.
Australian coach Andrew McDonald admitted he had more to consider than just selecting a like-for-like replacement for the injured Inglis
He added that Australia had more to consider than just selecting a similar replacement for the injured Inglis.
“You’ve got a little more reach than that,” he said.
“We need to figure out what a squad looks like if they go into a World Cup without a backup goalkeeper, and the scenario that… [if] Matthew Wade was going to get injured on the morning of the game, what would you do there?’