Jonny Bairstow ruled out of fifth ODI, one-off T20I with ankle injury

Jonny Bairstow has been excluded from the remaining limited matches in England's tour of Sri Lanka and could be in doubt for the test series.

Bairstow missed ODI on Saturday after injuring his ankle while playing football during the warm-up. to train on Friday. Alex Hales, who is competing with Bairstow for one of the first-game spots, took his place on the side of England that won the fourth ODI.

The management of England has now announced that Bairstow will not be available for the final ODI – in Colombo on Tuesday, or the only T20 that follows on Saturday.

"It will be monitored and evaluated daily by the medical team of England in Sri Lanka and a timely update on their physical condition will be given before the three-match test series that will begin next month," he said. the ECB in a statement.

While there are several fund-raising options within the England squad, among them Jos Buttler, who maintained the Ageas Bowl test against India after Bairstow Rory Burns and Ollie Pope suffered a finger injury, who it remained for the Lions of England during the English national season. Any concern about Bairstow's ability to maintain could result in a call to Ben Foakes of Surrey, who is considered by many to be the best goalkeeper. In England.

The shape of the Bairstow injury will surely renew the debate about the wisdom of playing football as a warm-up activity. While it is very popular among players, there have been some notable injuries caused by it over the years; Although not many of them in recent times. Ashley Giles, who is among the favorites to succeed Andrew Strauss as managing director of England, expressed his reservations about the cricketers who play soccer in practice.

The first test starts in Galle on November 6 with England. Play two warm-up games two days in advance.


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