England captain Eoin Morgan fractures finger ahead of Cricket World Cup

England captain Eoin Morgan fractured his left index finger on Friday, but is expected to be fit for their World Cup opener against South Africa.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Morgan was hurt during catching drills in a practice session ahead of a warm-up game against Australia in Southampton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Mix.

Morgan will miss that game, but is expected to be available for selection when the World Cup starts on Thursday, with England hosting South Africa at The Oval.

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Morgan has been impressive for England recently, scoring two half-centuries in England’s 4-0 ODI series victory over Pakistan earlier this month.

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The left-hander is not the only England batsman in form, with Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler all cashing in during the recent series.

Spinner Liam Dawson was not present when the incident occurred, with his training session taking place at the Nursery Ground, but he was quickly made aware of the captain’s predicament.

Asked to explain Morgan’s importance to the squad, Dawson said: “He’s massive. The cricket that’s been played over the last four years has all been led by him. Hopefully he’s fit and raring to go.”

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