Jonny Bairstow an injury doubt for 4th ODI after damaging ankle

Jonny Bairstow emerged as an injury doubt before Saturday's fourth ODI against Sri Lanka after injuring his right ankle during England's training session on the eve of the game in Pallekele.

Bairstow, who passed more than 1000 ODI races for

will be evaluated by the team's medical staff and a decision will be made about their availability before the start of the year. the game. If the injury is not resolved overnight, he is expected to undergo a scan when the squad arrives in Colombo before the fifth and last ODI next week.

However, Bairstow will be very reluctant to leave his place at the top of the order. In preparation for the England World Cup campaign, he is in the midst of a three-way fight for two opening spots, along with Jason Roy and Alex Hales.

Hales is currently the man who looks out, and he will certainly want to take his place again, having lost only two games after he got the highest score with 147 of England's world record 481 for 6 against Australia on the Trent Bridge in June.

The opportunity could be particularly timely for Hales as well, as it happened before his hearing on the Cricket Disciplinary Committee in December, related to the Ben Stokes incident in Bristol last year.

With the possibility of an impending ban, possibly during the tour of the West Indies in the new year, Hales can have the next two games to remind England of their qualities before they have to start finishing their Cup squad. World.

Another man who could possibly be in line for a call, however, is Joe Denly, a late inclusion in the squad after Liam Dawson su

Ironically, Denly himself was on the receiving end of a remarkable injury in football during his last incarnation as an England cricketer. He suffered a bruise on his bones after being approached by Owais Shah during a warm-up at The Oval in September 2009, and never came to cement a permanent place on his side.

This particular incident was not believed to be the result of a Bad Tackle. However, Trevor Bayliss, England's head coach, is unlikely to prevent players from warming up by playing football, as he still believes that the benefits of enjoying the competition outweigh the risks of injury.


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