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World Cup 2011
Shahzad ruled out with hamstring injury
March 17, 2011
With England having kept their World Cup hopes alive after their 18-run victory against West Indies they need to decide on a replacement for Ajmal Shahzad who has been ruled out with a hamstring strain.
Shahzad picked up the problem, a recurrence of an injury he suffered in Australia, between playing Bangladesh, where he took 3 for 43, and the West Indies match and missed the final group game in Chennai. A spokesman said Shahzad "will return to the UK for further assessment" but the management were waiting on the West Indies result before considering their options.
A defeat would have sent England home and, although they still need results to go their way, it's likely another player will now be flown out. The likeliest replacement is Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire seamer, who made his international debut in Australia and impressed in both the Twenty20s and ODIs. In the first T20 at Adelaide he held his nerve to hit the winning runs then, in the fifth ODI at Brisbane, he took 6 for 49 which are the second best figures by an England bowler in one-dayers.
In recent weeks he has been on the Lions tour of West Indies playing the regional four-day tournament and took a hat-trick against Guyana at Providence. Another option could be Adil Rashid, the Yorkshire legspinner, but with James Tredwell having come into the side with 4 for 48 against West Indies England will probably feel their spin options are covered.
Shahzad becomes the third England player to be sent home from the World Cup following Kevin Pietersen (hernia) and Stuart Broad (side) back to the UK. Eoin Morgan was initially ruled out of the tournament, but then replaced Pietersen having recovered from his broken finger.
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