England v New Zealand, 2nd T20, The Oval

Morgan to have surgery on broken finger

The Report by Alex Winter at The Oval

June 27, 2013

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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.

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Posted by Garp 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.

Posted by SDHM 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.

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 28, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

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

Posted by Long-Leg 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.

Posted by kiwicricketnut 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.

Posted by PPL11 on (June 28, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

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

Posted by BRUTALANALYST 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 !

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge 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?

Posted by Assasinator_007 on (June 28, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

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

Posted by Patchmaster on (June 28, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

How on earth is Dernbach still in the side ? I'm a club cricketer and would happily fancy my chances of taking him apart. He always goes for 10 a over. Surely there's someone in the reserves who can do better than that !?

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

All these day-dreaming went in vain! Curse the rain!

After an evening slumber, 'Woakes ' up to the shock of 'Morgun's' inability to fire.

(My mate looks over my shoulder, as is her wont, and asks: "Is that the past tense for 'wake up'? May be you got 'Stoaked' by one peg too many?" "Get lost", I retort!)

Everyone 'Hales' KP's comeback. That gives a 'Lumb' in my throat, after his surreal batting for Surrey. For lack of 'Cook', 'Buttler' may have to do that job. Don't have the fattest calf. Not even 'Trott' or 'Root' to cook.' Tredwell' will tread well - decent guy! Neither an ugly duckling nor a 'Swann', but does his job exceedingly well. What is 'Rankin' me is England's obsession to turn back to 'Dernback', like an addict going back to his intoxicant. (My wife laughs at me, at that!) Hope to see some sixers from 'Bopara' in his new violent avatar. All in all, everything looks 'Wright' for an England win! That will bring 'Ballance' between the two teams, in a 2 match series!

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Morgan should go back to playing for Ireland. He was one their best players.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Cook is one of the finest players and i also think he can touch Sachin's record. He has been consistent throughout his career. If he continues to do so , he will catch up Sachin no time. So BEST OF LUCK Cook.

Posted by TrickyKid on (June 28, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

I can't seem to see any reference on CricInfo of the fact that the Kiwi's won another series vs. England. It just seems to be more of the contant stream of stories focussed on English players.

Posted by naudurivsm on (June 28, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

Alright enough of this ( so called meaningless ) series. Switch over to another one in the similar lines - Ti-nation series

Posted by iceaxe on (June 28, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

they couldn't play because it rained

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

Cricket is dead in England. These teams need to go some Middle East country to play Iv they want result

Posted by KingAjmal on (June 27, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

And that's why the world don't like Cricket :) even the slightest of drizzles is enough to ruin a Cricket game. Just glad the Confederations Cup was on between Spain-Italy which was far more entertaining than any Cricket match.

Posted by Optic on (June 27, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

@ jackthelad Don't agree about Woakes, he certainly isn't a one day bowler in any way shape or form but anyone's that watched him play 4 day cricket will tell you he's excellent with the red ball. All you have to do is look at the stats f the lad, if you haven't watched him in first class cricket, he's got easily the bet stats of any of those i and around the England squad. People say he hasn't enough pace but he bowls at the same speed as Jimmy, faster than Philander or Asif did. What he has is accuracy and bowls the right length and can swing the ball both ways.

Not sure what you mean with 'Good selection policy, shame they're unlikely to get a decent game before the Ashes.' Who's 'they're', if you mean the England players they all have a coupe of games lined up before the start. There's nothing wrong with who've they've selected for this meaningless T20, giving some of the fringe players a go, as well as the usual T20 players.

Posted by kc69 on (June 27, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

England just got saved..thanks to the weather. Really surprising to see how England play against NZ. Its understandable that weather and conditions are neutral for both sides. English players really need to do better than this.

Posted by TripleCenturian on (June 27, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

So good old England pick another Yorkshire player for their squad, whistle him away mid game for his county and then fail to give him a game in either match. How utterly ridiculous.

How many Yorkshire players careers do you want to ruin at the ECB after Rashid, Bairstow and now Ballance all getting shabbily treated in your desire to put England needs first with not a thought for the county game let alone the players concerned?

Oh, yes of course it's all right for Compton to play for whoever you want to get some match practice

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

Why couldn't Jack Shantry play? I would love to see him and Alan Richardson steaming in with the new ball!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Real disappointed with the weather would have loved to see kp bat even if it was only a few overs . Guss I have to wait for the next game

Posted by jackthelad on (June 27, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

It's about time they got shot of Morgan, who was supposed to be a short-order saviour but who has proved to b a bit of a waste of space; Woakes has never been an international-class bowler under any circumstances. Good selection policy, shame they're unlikely to get a decent game before the Ashes.

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