ENG vs IND: England pacer ruled out of ODI and T20I series
The fast-bowler initially replaced Chris Wokaes in the team.
Updated - Jul 3, 2018 7:10 pm
The much awaited India’s tour of England gets underway today at the Old Trafford in Manchester where both teams will lock horns in the first T20I. While India have suffered a couple of injury exclusions, the hosts have also faced the same issue as well just prior to the start of the series. Fast bowler Tom Curran has been ruled out of the limited overs series owing to a side strain.
He has been replaced in the ODIs by Sam Curran, his younger brother, who played in England’s previous series versus Australia. Left-handed batsman Dawid Malan has been called upon as a cover for the T20Is. Both Sam and Malan have been playing county cricket for Surrey and Middlesex respectively and have been on their mark for most times in their respective departments.
Where does Tom go from here?
Meanwhile, the elder of the Curran’s returned to The Oval where he will undergo rehabilitation under the supervision of Surrey and England’s medical teams as per reports in ESPNCricinfo. The Brits also have Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes on the sidelines and Tom is the latest inclusion in the injury list.
England would be happy for the reason that Stokes will be making a comeback in the ODI series. However, there’s also a slender hope of him playing the final T20I in Bristol on July 8 against the Men in Blue. He will play a couple of T20s for Durham on July 5 and 6 respectively.
His fitness will be examined in the matches following which a call will be taken on whether he can play the last T20I or not. Their ODI series starts from July 12 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham with London and Leeds being the venues for the other two matches. The Test series starts from August 1.