World T20 news March 22, 2014

Luke Wright out of World T20 with side strain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Luke Wright, the England allrounder, has been ruled out of the World Twenty20 with a side strain. Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has been brought in as Wright's replacement.

Wright had been carrying the injury for a while, but the news of his unavailability came only on the morning of England's first game - they play New Zealand in Chittagong on Saturday evening - in the World T20. Wright is England's second most-capped player in T20s and has been first-choice No. 3 since the last World T20 but had lost form of late, making single-figure scores in each of his last nine international innings.

Kieswetter has played 25 T20Is for England, the last of which was at the previous World T20 in September 2012. His last competitive cricket was in the Big Bash League in Australia, in December and January, where he scored 192 in eight matches for Brisbane Heat, at a strike rate of 116.36. He was one of the leading run-scorers in last season's domestic T20 in England.

England's other main injury worry remains captain Stuart Broad, who has had an issue with his knee. He is, however, believed to have recovered enough to play against New Zealand.

Wright's injury means that three players have now been withdrawn from England's initial 15-man squad for the World T20. Joe Root fractured a thumb playing against West Indies earlier this month and Ben Stokes broke a bone in his wrist punching a locker in frustration on the same tour.

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  • Nicholas on March 23, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Hasn't been able to put bat on ball and isn't used for bowling these days. Hardly much of a loss really. Patel would have been the better replacement, but if Kieswetter plays I can't see him doing any worse than Wright.

  • Phillip on March 23, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    @ Brenson-Ravi Bopara obviously

  • Nitin on March 22, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    KP - Hope the english selectors use their grey matter !!

  • Sam on March 22, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Any England article, I always want to write ''KP should be brought back''.

    @ Brenson: Excellent observation mate ! Can't stop laughing.

    Coming to the replacement, Kieswetter is a decent choice for me. Finally, a sensible selection. He topped the run charts in FLT20 & also played well for Brisbane Heat in the BBL. I'll play him if he's available for the NZ match.

    But again, KP should be brought back.

  • Mark on March 22, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    It never ceases to amaze me how England don't even think about what part of the world they are playing in under Giles. Now with this injury it would have been an opportunity to pick someone like Patel as a spin bowling all rounder to backup Tredwell. Instead they pick another wicket keeper!

  • Paulo on March 22, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Great news that he's out. Remember during Aus tour I wanted him out but was criticised for it. I bet those same people are glad he's gone now.

    Not sure about Kieswetter cos so far in his international career he hasnt looked comfortable or destructive. But after a good FLT20he perhaps deserves another chance.

    @PrasPunter for us it's winter but good point nonetheless.

  • Rukus on March 22, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    With KP and Wright missing, along with Broad not being at 100% due to his recent injury, this could be construded as a weakened England line up; which is going against a strong and recent 'inform NZ side'. If Guptill fires like he did against the NZ vs ENG series a whee while back then NZ should have a good chance of making this. However this is T20 right? Nothing should be taken for granted....

  • Prasanna on March 22, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Not that he is going to make any difference. Eng are just going through the motions here, it looks like, after a long and agonising summer. They can't wait to go home.

  • Dan on March 22, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @ Brenson - harsh but v amusing mate ;-)

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Given Wright's current form this improves England's squad.

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