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ICC World Cup 2019: England’s Eoin Morgan and Mark Wood declared fit

England's first match is on May 30 against South Africa.

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England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

On May 25, England played their first warm-up match against Australia at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Three Lions lost the game by 12 runs after being asked to chase 298. In that game, the Brits encountered a few injury concerns as three of their players, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Liam Dawson developed injuries, much to the team management’s worry.

The likes of Eoin Morgan and Adil Rashid didn’t play the game either. While Morgan had a fractured finger, Rashid was recovering from a long-standing shoulder injury. However, to England’s relief both of them took part in the second warm-up match versus Afghanistan at the Kennington Oval in London. In the meantime, there’s more good news for the Brits ahead of the main round.

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A delightful news for England

It has been learned that their skipper Morgan and Wood have been declared fit the main round of the World Cup as per reports in ESPNcricinfo. England is first scheduled to lock horns with South Africa in the tournament opener on May 30. Wood tweaked his calf midway through his run-up and went off the park. After the injury, he didn’t take any further part in the encounter.

Wood has a history of foot and ankle injuries and there was a fear in the England camp that he might have to be removed from the national squad. He was thereafter sent for scans. However, scans have shown no sign of injury. Instead, the medical team believes that the 29-year-old speedster from Ashington, Northumberland only jarred his foot while bowling.

As far as Archer is concerned, he played versus the Afghans. Against the Aussies, he came a substitute fielder for Wood and then had to get himself treated after falling awkwardly near the boundary hoardings. In Dawson’s case, he had a cut in his right ring finger while trying to stop a fierce stroke.

Amidst the injury issues, England is being deemed as one of the contenders to win the championship at home. The Morgan-led unit is the ICC’s number one ranked ODI team and has won virtually everything, especially in the 50-overs format. Recently, they beat Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Pakistan 4-0 in a five-match ODI series with one match getting abandoned due to rain.

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