Bairstow still doubtful for Sri Lanka Tests
England batsman Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of the fifth ODI and the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka after he suffered an ankle injury. He is now also doubtful for the Test series.
Bairstow suffered ligament damage and his ankle twisted while playing football in the training session. And the injury to to the wicket keeper batsman now opens the door for Alex Hales to continue at the top of the order.
ECB said in a statement:
“The scans have revealed he has a right ankle ligament injury. He will be monitored and assessed on a daily basis by the England medical team in Sri Lanka and a further update will be given in due course about his fitness ahead of the three-match Test series.”
Despite scoring 147 in England’s world-record 481 against Australia, Hales was excluded surprisingly. Now the door has opened for him once again and he will be trying to show his worth to keep his hopes alive for a place in the World Cup squad. However, he missed an opportunity given to him in the fourth ODI as he made a 23-ball 12.
After the fifth and the final ODI on 23rd, they will play the only T20I at the same venue. The three match test series will begin from 6th November and before that the visitors will play two warm-up games.