England captain Morgan out of final two ODIs against India
25 Mar 2021
Eion Morgan and Virat Kohli wait for the toss before the start of the fourth T20 match at the at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera. File / AFP
England captain Eoin Morgan will miss the last two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against India, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Thursday.
Morgan has been ruled out after sustaining a split webbing between his thumb and index finger of the right hand during a 66-run defeat by India in Tuesday's series opener, an injury that required four stitches.
The batsman went through a fielding drill during training at the MCA Stadium on Thursday and afterwards declared himself unfit.
Jos Buttler will captain 50-over world champions England in Morgan's absence, with Liam Livingstone set to make his ODI debut in Friday's second match of the series.
"I had the hand re-dressed before the start of training today but it quickly became apparent that I found myself protecting the injury and getting into the wrong positions to catch the ball," said Morgan in an ECB statement.
"There's nowhere to hide on the field in international cricket these days, especially in limited-over formats so it didn't require any great thought to make myself unavailable," the 2019 World Cup-winning captain added.
"It was a freak injury and it's extremely frustrating but there's nothing I can do about it. It's now just a case of letting the cut heal."
"I have every confidence in Jos and the rest of the squad coping without me."