England v Australia 2009 September 16, 2009

Wright ruled out of ODI series

Cricinfo staff

England allrounder Luke Wright has been ruled out of the final two ODIs against Australia, after injuring the big toe of his left foot while batting against a bowling machine during practice at Loughborough on Monday.

Wright had missed the fifth ODI on Tuesday, which Australia won to take a 5-0 lead in the seven-match contest, and the injury was serious enough to rule him out of the rest of the series and put him in doubt for the upcoming Champions Trophy in South Africa.

The decision about his availability for the Champions Trophy, an England spokesman said, will be made after the conclusion of the ODI series. Dimitri Mascarenhas, who had replaced Wright for the fifth ODI, is likely to keep his place.

Wright is the second England player to injure himself while training this series. Joe Denly missed the first three matches against Australia after being brought down in a heavy tackle by Owais Shah during an intra-squad football match prior to the first ODI. The England team management has since barred players from playing football during warm-ups.

England, ridden by injuries, are already without star players Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff for the Champions Trophy.