Morgan is fit but will miss tomorrow’s warm-up game against the Aussies
England captain Eoin Morgan is declared fit to play the first match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 following the finger injury which he sustained in the practice session on Friday, May 24.
But he’ll miss the warm-up match against Australia which will be on Saturday, May 25 in Southampton. And it’s 50/50 chance for him to play the next-warm match against Afghanistan on May 27.
Eoin Morgan picked up a blow to the left index finger at the time of team’s fielding session. The left-handed batsman who had been deftly gearing up for team’s warm-up match against Australia at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday, was due to be taken to hospital for an X-ray.
The scan reports revealed that it was completely precautionary and the loss of their skipper would be a terrible blow to the team’s hopes of lifting the World Cup for the first time in their history.
“The digit is the best I could have hoped. The finger is good now. I dropped the catch in training and dislocated earlier. There was a very small fracture in there but good to go. I’m gonna miss the game tomorrow unfortunately but as regards the first game of the tournament I should be fit to go,” the skipper said.
Morgan also expressed his happiness. “It’s a very good news. I was delighted. But I was disappointed I couldn’t play golf this evening (laughing).”
He then talked about the importance of the first match of the tournament and they couldn’t wait for that. “We want our first game to be tomorrow, for the best possible preparation we could’ve imagined. Things are running quite high and we want to get into the tournament regards of how we started. The first game can be opened down but you just want to get off and running in the tournament,” Morgan said.
An ECB statement had earlier not mentioned the dislocation to Morgan’s finger, only the fracture. It read: “England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture to his left index finger. He will not take part in the [Australia] match but is expected to make a full recovery and be available for England’s opening World Cup match against South Africa.”
England will play two warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan on May 25 and May 27 before they start their World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30 at The Oval.