Eoin Morgan out of World XI squad for Lord’s T20 due to fractured finger
Eoin Morgan will not be a part of the ICC World XI squad which will face West Indies in the exhibition Twenty20 International at Lord’s on May 31 due to a fractured finger.
The injury was sustained while fielding at backward point during Middlesex’s game against Somerset at Taunton on Sunday 27 May as a ball caught him on the top of the ring finger on his right hand. After the blow caused a bruise, Morgan was sent for a precautionary x-ray which revealed a crack.
Morgan, England’s limited-overs skipper, will be replaced as captain by former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, while Morgan’s compatriot Sam Billings will take his place in the squad. Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills were also added to the World XI squad.
Afridi represented his country in over 500 international matches and famously broke the record for the fastest ODI century in his maiden international innings as a 16-year-old.
Billings, a 26-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, has 30 caps for England in ODIs and T20Is, and has just returned from a stint in the IPL playing for the Chennai Super Kings. Though he was in and out of the side during the competition, his 23-ball 56 helped the side, who finished as champions, earn their first win in this year’s tournament.
Mills is an out-and-out fast bowler, touted as the quickest in England. Chronic back injuries have meant he only plays T20 cricket, but he has starred in various domestic competitions around the world, and in 2017 fetched the highest auction price for an overseas fast bowler in IPL history.
Sam Curran, a left-arm quick and middle-order batsman, is one of the most highly-regarded prospects in the English game. Still only 19 years old, he has five first-class five-wicket hauls and a best match haul of 10/101. He is the brother of Tom Curran, who made his England debut last summer and has since played for them in all three formats.
Andy Flower, Andrew Strauss’ stand-in as director of England cricket, said: “It is not a bad crack but it is bad enough to keep him out of tomorrow’s Middlesex game and the World XI game. It is not a huge concern, it is one we can hopefully manage past in about a week.”
All the proceeds from this match will be used to redevelop stadia in the Caribbean, which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.