May 24, 2019 / 11:22 AM / 24 days ago

Cricket: England's Morgan injures finger ahead of World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-Up Match - England Nets - Hampshire Bowl, Southampton, Britain - May 24, 2019. England's Eoin Morgan during nets. Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

(Reuters) - England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture on his finger but the injury will not affect his participation in the World Cup starting on May 30, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday.

Morgan picked up the injury to his left index finger during training at the Hampshire Bowl ahead of Saturday’s warm-up match against world champions Australia and was sent to a hospital to have a precautionary X-ray.

“England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture to his left index finger,” the ECB said in a statement.

“Morgan picked up the injury during catching practice... he will not take part in the match (against Australia)... but is expected to make a full recovery and be available for England’s opening World Cup match against South Africa.”

The ECB did not say if Morgan would play in another warm-up clash against Afghanistan on Monday.

“I’m going to miss the game tomorrow but as regards the first game of the tournament I should be fit to go,” said Morgan.

“We want our first game to be tomorrow, we’ve had the best possible preparation we ever could have imagined. Things are running quite high and we want to get into the tournament.”

Favourites England begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on the opening day of the tournament.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru and Julien Pretot in Paris, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Toby Davis

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