Jonny Bairstow suffers freak golfing injury, ruled out of ICC T20 World Cup


England blender Jonny Bairstow has been discarded from the T20 World Cup after suffering a freak leg injury while playing golf on Friday. (More Cricket News)

Just hours after the England squad was called up, Bairstow was announced as unavailable for the tournament and the rest of the domestic season, including the third Test against South Africa next week at the Oval.

“Unfortunately I will not be available for all games/tours in the immediate future,” Bairstow wrote on Instagram. “The reason is that I injured my lower leg in a freak accident and will need an operation.

“The injury came when I slipped on the golf course this morning. I’m gutted and want to wish everyone the best for this week at The Oval first and the boys going to Australia for the T20 World Cup. Absolutely gutted ! I’ll be back.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement that Bairstow will see a specialist next week about the injury to “find out the extent”.

Bairstow’s absence is a blow for England. He is an in-form senior player and the highest run-scorer in Test cricket this year.

A replacement was not named in the T20 World Cup squad heading to Australia next month.

Nottinghamshire’s Ben Duckett was included in the squad for the third Test against South Africa.

Veteran opener Jason Roy he was left out of the T20 World Cup squad but could be back in contention with Bairstow out.

Roy has had a poor summer for both England and The Hundred, averaging 8.5 in six innings for Oval Invincibles and making three ducks.

Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes were included in the 15-man squad despite their last performance during the Test tour of the West Indies in March.

The T20 World Cup starts on October 16.

England will take 19 players for their seven-match T20 series in Pakistan starting this month, their first tour of the country since 2005, before moving on to Australia.

Captain Jos Buttler will lead the trip but his calf injury is likely to rule him out of the early stages of the Pakistan series. Moeen Ali will take over as the skipper for these games.

England: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.



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