Eoin Morgan out of ODI series with hand injury, Sam Billings to miss second game

England captain Eoin Morgan has been dominated out of the remaining two ODIs against India with a hand injury experienced all through the opening match in Pune on Tuesday. Jos Buttler is established to choose over the reins, with Liam Livingstone in line for a debut.

Sam Billings, who sustained a shoulder injury in the area in the initial ODI, will not be thought of for Friday’s 2nd match but could still return to play a section in the series. Dawid Malan, who was with the touring group as go over, has been drafted into the squad and is out there for assortment.

Morgan necessary stitches just after splitting the webbing among his thumb and index finger trying to end the ball, and was equipped to bat in England’s unsuccessful operate chase. But he declared himself unfit just after having section in a fielding drill at schooling on Thursday.

“I experienced the hand re-dressed ahead of the start off of schooling now but it promptly grew to become obvious that I observed myself defending the injury and having into the incorrect positions to capture the ball,” he stated. “There’s nowhere to cover on the area in global cricket these days, primarily in confined-over formats so it failed to need any excellent considered to make myself unavailable.

“It was a freak injury and it really is really discouraging but there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. It is now just a circumstance of letting the cut heal. I have each and every assurance in Jos and the rest of the squad coping with no me.”

Billings, too, arrived out to bat in the initial ODI but did not teach on Thursday as he continued to get well from a bruised collar bone. A conclusion on his availability for the 3rd and ultimate match, to be performed on Sunday, will be taken in owing course.

Equally gamers are owing to be concerned in the impending IPL, with England confirming that Morgan would remain in their bubble ahead of joining up with Kolkata Knight Riders, the place he is captain for the tournament that starts on April nine.

Livingstone, the Lancashire batsman, performed two T20Is for England in 2017 but is established to win his initial cap in the 50-over format, on the back of a strong Big Bash with Perth Scorchers.

“It is obviously genuinely thrilling,” he stated. “I have put in a large amount of time all over the group over the summer months and winter so it really is good ot lastly get a possibility and genuinely searching ahead to tomorrow. It is hardly ever good to see group-mates get hurt but fingers crossed they’re not very as critical as they could have been so fast recoveries for them and hopefully they’re back fit for the IPL.

“I have stated ahead of, the initial time all over was incredibly different. I have been waiting for this possibility for a even though now so genuinely energized. India have performed some genuinely superior cricket, the back stop of the T20 series and the a person-dayer the other working day so it really is a excellent possibility to exam myself against a person of the ideal teams in the globe.

“It is not just any aged group that you might be attempting to get into [with England]. The group are globe champions and probably the ideal white-ball aspect in the globe at the second, so it really is not some thing you wander into. Becoming all over the group, it will make you really feel much more common and snug about actively playing for England. I have genuinely savored my time all over the group, even although I haven’t been actively playing, so now it really is my flip to go out and perform.”