September 26, 2000

Knight 'frustrated and disappointed' by injury

Staff and agencies

Nick Knight has spoken of his disappointment in being ruled out of the ICC KnockOut Trophy.

"I'm massively disappointed and frustrated," Knight admitted. "I've been in good form all summer. I started the season in the Test team, but just recently I've had to sit up and watch too much cricket."

"The knee swelled up a bit last week, but I had the fluid drained off and I thought it looked pretty good. I did some running on it yesterday, and the decision was delayed to see if I had any reaction."

"There wasn't any reaction at all this morning, but as I probably wouldn't have been 100% fit for the first game in Kenya they have decided not to risk me."

It has yet to be decided whether Knight will be able to take his place in the England squad for the one day games in Sri Lanka early in the new year.

Chairman of selectors David Graveney admitted that, "it is a big blow to lose Nick and Alan Mullally. They are both consistent one day performers and have been an integral part of our one day set up for the last few years. But their absence gives opportunities to other people."

Vikram Solanki is the batting replacement for Knight, while Hoggard was announced as the replacement for Mullally last week.