England captain Andrew Strauss is facing up to the distinct possibility that Eoin Morgan will miss the World Cup which starts in a couple of weeks.
Morgan became the sixth England player to leave Australia early after being diagnosed with a fracture to the middle finger in his left hand and will see a specialist today in England to determine how long he faces out of the game.
Strauss and team director Andy Flower will get that information when they meet with the England selectors on their return here tomorrow when they will discuss the possibility of injury replacements for the 15-man squad.
They could retain him in the hope he’ll be fit for the latter stages but Aussie captain Ricky Ponting has only just returned to the nets after six weeks out with a similar injury.
“There’s obviously a chance that he’s not going to feature at the World Cup and we’re going to have to think through at what stage is the cut-off point for possible replacement,” said Strauss.
“We’re pretty confident all the other guys who were injured are going to be fit. Eoin would be a big loss as he is particularly important in the conditions we’ll face out there and, the way he bats, is capable of clearing boundaries.”
England ended their tour with another comprehensive defeat yesterday going down by 57 runs in Perth to lose the ODI series 6-1.
Adam Voges justified his call up with 80 not out as Australia made 279-9. James Anderson took 3-48. England, who lost Strauss and fellow opener Steven Davies for ducks, recovered from 64-5 to make 222 with Michael Yardy making an unbeaten 60.
England’s first match in the World Cup is against against Holland on February 22.