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Shahzad ruled out with hamstring injury

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March 17, 2011

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Ajmal Shahzad took three wickets but it wasn't enough for England, Bangladesh v England, Group B, World Cup, Chittagong, March 11, 2011
Ajmal Shahzad won't be playing in the World Cup quarter-finals if England make it to the knockout stage © Getty Images
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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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Comments: 12 
Posted by Rajeev129 on (March 18, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

Woakes is good replacement, if he has enough match practice during this break, but why dont they consider Steven Finn ?

Posted by ScriptWriter on (March 18, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

Either the English players are made of putty or the medical staff is better at making presentations to justify their existence than they are at keeping the players fit.

Posted by Finn92 on (March 17, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

It will be Woakes, no one else really ready apart from possibly Plunkett I don't think we need another spinner considering Tredwell's performance.

Posted by calvin_n on (March 17, 2011, 22:30 GMT)

Looks like an injury hex has been cast of out England..I hope they don't have to replace the whole side at this rate...Which means the English lions will play the world cup.

Posted by gnat9 on (March 17, 2011, 21:20 GMT)

Has Graham Onions recovered form his injury? If he has, he would make a good replacement for Shehzad.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

With so many injuries happening to so many different players & lots of replacements being flown in, wouldnt it b a gud idea if all teams were allowed to bring an original squad of 18 to cover injuries during the tournament just like in soccer WC's where teams have squads of 23.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

england n player crisis They have already lost two match winners.now they have lost shahzad. Hope , england wil continue playing good cricket despite such setbacks. they neeed collingwood to play his top game,,desperately Today's game was kewl and the result was perfect ,i mean the result came in favour of a better team

Posted by GuruofCricket on (March 17, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

How come Indian Seamer's doesn't get injured. We sure need a lot of replacement....Its bad luck for India....

Anyway, Good luck to England whose every game has been like knockout round. I am sure fresh legs are also helping them.......although bad to miss KP, SB and others..

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 17, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

Sad for Eng that they are loosing top players on form.Still they are achieving goos results.I WANT ENG or PAK TO LIFT THE TROPHY FOR THEIR FIGHTING SPIRIT despite loss of top players in both sides !!!!!!!!!!!GL..

Posted by nazibulislam80 on (March 17, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Its very shocking for England

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