Eoin Morgan ruled out England’s last two ODIs against India with a hand injury, leaving Jos Buttler captain – with Sam Billings also missing Friday’s game and adding Dawid Malan to the squad.
- Eoin Morgan has split tires in his hand and will miss the rest of the series
- Sam Billings will miss Friday’s second ODI after bruising his collarbone
- Dawid Malan added to roster – Malan and Liam Livingstone will play on Friday
- Vice Captain Jos Buttler will act as Captain in the regular absence of Skipper Morgan
England have suffered a major blow for their hopes of ending their Indian tour on a high note, with captain Eoin Morgan excluded from the final two one-day internationals.
Morgan underwent field practice in Pune after needing four stitches in the tissue between his right thumb and index finger during England’s first 50-over defeat.
But he quickly ruled himself out from the Friday and Sunday matches that were England’s last chance to get something tangible from a tour in which they’ve already lost their Test and Twenty20 series.
Eoin Morgan left the field with a hand injury sustained during the first ODI in Pune
Sam Billings receives treatment after bruising his collarbone in the defeat on Tuesday
Jos Buttler will lead England in Morgan’s absence, while Lancashire’s 27-year-old all-rounder Liam Livingstone will make his one-day international debut.
Sam Billings has also been banned from Friday’s game due to a shoulder injury he sustained in the first 50-over international and Dawid Malan, one of three reserves, joined the squad. India leads 1-0 with the last two games to play.
Morgan explained his decision, saying, ‘I had re-dressed before today’s practice, but it quickly became apparent that I found myself protecting the injury and getting in the wrong positions to catch the ball.
‘These days there is nowhere to hide on the field in international cricket, especially in limited formats, so I didn’t have to think twice about making myself available.
‘It was a bizarre injury and it is extremely frustrating, but there is nothing I can do about it. Now it’s just a matter of letting the cut heal. I am confident that Jos and the rest of the team will do without me. ‘