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Morgan sidelined with finger injury but expected to be fit for Scotland ODI

The England captain will miss two Middlesex fixtures as well as the Rest of the World XI’s one-off Twenty20 clash against West Indies.

Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan is expected to recover from a fractured finger in time to lead England in their first limited-overs assignment of the summer.

The England captain has been ruled out of the Rest of the World XI’s one-off Twenty20 contest against West Indies at Lord’s on Thursday after chipping a bone in the end of his right ring finger.


Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan

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Eoin Morgan

Press Association Sport understands the problem will sideline him for seven to 10 days, meaning he should feature in England’s one-day international against Scotland at Edinburgh on June 10.

The Scotland clash is followed by five ODIs against Australia next month.

Morgan’s county Middlesex confirmed he suffered the injury when he was fielding during the Royal London One-Day Cup match against Somerset on Sunday and added he would miss their fixtures against Hampshire and Surrey this week.

The left-handed batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game granted international status by the International Cricket Council, which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes last year.

Andy Flower, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s stand-in director, said on the ICC’s official website: “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.”

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will skipper the World XI in the absence of Morgan, who will be replaced in the line-up by England team-mate Sam Billings, with Surrey’s Sam Curran and Sussex’s Tymal Mills also added to the group.