Eoin Morgan plays down fitness fears after fracturing finger

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Eoin Morgan expects to recover from a fractured finger in time to lead England in their first limited-overs assignment of the summer.

England’s white-ball captain has been ruled out of the Rest of the World XI’s one-off Twenty20 contest against West Indies at Lord’s on Thursday after chipping a bone in the end of his right ring finger.

Press Association Sport understands the problem will sideline him for seven to 10 days and Morgan himself is confident he will be fit to feature in England’s one-day international against Scotland at Edinburgh on June 10.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan has suffered a finger injury (Adam Davy/PA)

“I’ll be fine for the one-dayers. I will hopefully be back for one more Middlesex game, potentially two. We will wait and see.”

The Scotland clash is followed by five ODIs and a T20 against Australia before the end of next month.

Morgan suffered his injury while fielding for Middlesex during their Royal London One-Day Cup match at Somerset on Sunday and will also miss his county’s fixtures against Hampshire and Surrey this week.

The left-handed batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game granted international status by the International Cricket Council, which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes last year.

Andy Flower, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s stand-in director, said on the ICC’s official website: “It is not a bad crack but it is bad enough to keep him out of tomorrow’s Middlesex game and the World XI game.

“It is not a huge concern, it is one we can hopefully manage past in about a week.”

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will skipper the World XI in the absence of Morgan, who will be replaced in the line-up by England team-mate Sam Billings, with Surrey’s Sam Curran and Sussex’s Tymal Mills also added to the group.

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