Bairstow doubtful for fourth ODI

England’s wicket keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is doubtful for the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka after njuring his ankle whilst playing football in England’s pre-training warm-up session.

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England’s long tour of Sri Lanka has reached to the midway with two matches remaining in the five-match ODI series.

So far the biggest challenge for both teams is the weather conditions in Sri Lanka. This season of time is well-known for the occasional monsoon rains in Sri Lanka.

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The first ODI was supposed to abandon due to the rain. The results of second and third ODIs were also influenced by the monsoon rains in the island. Remaining two games are also said to have rain interruptions.

With the challenge from nature on one side, physical challenges are started to add further worries to the team managements. With almost a  series deciding encounter on Saturday in Kandy, England are stuck with an injury issue.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, currently a specialist batsman in ODIs, turned his ankle over and could not resume training. The England medical staff will assess the injury ahead of the encounter in Kandy on Saturday.

If there are issues with Bairstow regarding the injury, Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales is almost certain to take Bairstow’s place at the top of the order even though Joe Denly is also a contender for the place.

As usual Jos Butler will di the glove work in the absence of Jonny Bairstow. Incidentally, England banned football a decade ago when Denly was injured by an overly-enthusiastic tackle from batsman Owais Shah.

According to The Telegraph, England head coach Trevor Bayliss is not a fan of the activity, due to the high risk of injury, but the England players feel it helps them relax and boosts team morale.

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