England v New Zealand, 2nd T20, The Oval June 27, 2013

Morgan to have surgery on broken finger


England 2 for 1 v New Zealand match abandoned
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Kevin Pietersen's England comeback was put on hold as rain caused the second T20 against New Zealand at The Oval to be abandoned after just two balls. As Pietersen prepared to return, it was announced that the man he replaced in the side, Eoin Morgan, will have surgery on a finger injury that will keep him out for several weeks.

Light drizzle kept the covers on for two hours before a break in the weather raised hopes of a six-overs-a-side match. But with the ground ready and the players filing out of the pavilion, heavier clouds moved in and a stiff shower before the 9.11pm cut-off scuppered any hopes of play.

With England being asked to bat, Pietersen should have been straight back to work in his first international appearance since the Wellington Test, after which he limped out of England's tour of New Zealand with a knee injury. It would have been his first T20 for England since February 2012.

Pietersen is now left with potentially two innings before the first Investec Ashes Test on July 10. England's Ashes warm-up match against Essex starts on Sunday.

England had been sent in after James Tredwell lost the toss. Tredwell was standing in for Morgan, who had been ruled out of the match with a right finger injury earlier in the day and is due to undergo surgery on Friday.

Morgan broke his finger in the Champions Trophy semi-final victory over South Africa at The Oval on June 19 but played through the pain in the final against India three days later.

He was deemed fit enough to captain England in the first T20 against New Zealand, also at The Oval, on Tuesday but aggravated the injury during the five-run defeat. Surgery was decided as the best-possible remedy.

"It's looking like an operation to try and get it pinned and ready as soon as possible," Morgan said. "It can be as short as two to three [weeks out] and then ongoing from there. Obviously it will be closely monitored by our backroom staff, who have been exceptional, and hopefully I'll get back to full fitness as soon as possible."

Morgan's next engagement for England is unlikely to come before the one-day series against Australia, which begins on August 29. But he could potentially miss the entire Friends Life t20 campaign for Middlesex.

Craig Kieswetter, who was dropped as England's one-day wicketkeeper before the tour of India at the start of the year, suffered a similar injury playing for Somerset against Warwickshire at the end of April and did not return for 11 weeks.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Christopher on June 29, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    How can anyone say Morgan is a good player? Morgan hasn't has a decent score in almost 2 years now and doesn't deserve his selection let alone to lead a side. Lets take the Champions Trophy series, not one decent outing! just like the 2 series before that against the Kiwis. In fact in the final he is the only batsmen not to have a good strike rate, maybe if he'd been up around the 75 - 80 mark instead of 60 we'd of gotten those 5 more runs, but hey on a positive note his 7 runs i believe it was is 7 more than he's scored in the last 3-4 ODI series. Why he is continually selected is a travesty and a slap in the face to players like Compton.

  • Samuel on June 28, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Nothing really to comment on in the match seeing as it was only two balls, but team selection should be raising a few eyebrows - Giles has once again picked a young player and not given them any game time whatsoever. He did it to Stuart Meaker in India and did it Gary Ballance here. What's the point in picking them otherwise? Don't say it's to get them 'around the squad' - they did that to Adil Rashid, and look where it got him. Was the perfect opportunity to drop Lumb and bring in Ballance alongside KP. Wish Giles was a bit more imaginative in his team selections.

  • Randolph on June 28, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    England saved by the rain yet again. It will probably save them the Ashes again.

  • David on June 28, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut: Yeah, its been fun. NZ have pushed England very hard at times and deserved to win the ODI series. They are certainly not a team to be taken lightly and I think their lowly ranking should change in time if they can keep their players fit. But you are right about Australia. The whole summer is geared towards the Ashes. It really is all that matters to most English Cricket fans, myself included. People can bang on about ODI series and Champions trophy and T20, but it is the ashes that people will remember in years to come. Not much longer to wait.

  • jared on June 28, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    well thats that then, series win for nz, can't complain won the odi's lost the tests, won the t20's, like meatloaf said two out of three ain't bad and he's right. i know most of the english fans can't wait to see the back of us so you can get on with the real stuff (the ashes), i know there is alot of history there and it means the world to you but it is turning into a bit of a farce, aussie are in such dissaray i just can't see them pushing england at all at the moment and who wants to watch a one sided series like that especially 5 lop sided games, at least you only had to put up with us for two lop sided tests but 5 thats hard to get excited about and i love test match cricket. it wont be exciting watching england walk all over oz but i guess england gets its revenge after years of aussie dominance. good luck england, you wont need it, its been fun, see ya next time.

  • Pratik on June 28, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Other then rain NZ had a good tour, Won ODI 2-1 and T20 1-0

  • o on June 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    2 Balls were enough again to show Michael Lumb has no place ahead of the younger Carberry in this England side !

  • j on June 28, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Australia could really do with some of this rain in the Ashes, it's probably their best bet to avoid a whitewash. @ Rakesh Kumar: Really? Have you been following Ind v Eng & Aus v Eng these last few years?

  • Raj on June 28, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Shouldn't the headline be England LOST another series!!!