Australia v England, 7th ODI, Perth February 5, 2011

Morgan ruled out of final ODI


England have been given yet another injury concern ahead of the World Cup after Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the final one-day international against Australia at Perth with a fractured finger.

Morgan first felt pain during the fourth one-day international at Adelaide on January 26 but played the next two matches at Brisbane and Sydney. However, the problem has got worse over the past week and an x-ray confirmed the nature of the injury. He will fly back to the UK and see a specialist before his World Cup future is decided.

"Morgan will return to the UK and will see a specialist to determine the full extent of the injury and a treatment and rehabilitation schedule," an ECB statement said. "A decision about his participation in the World Cup will be made following the specialist's assessment of the injury."

Although Morgan has had a poor one-day series against Australia, making 106 runs at 17.66, his absence for the World Cup would be a major blow after he established himself as one of the finest finishers in the game since switching his national team from Ireland to England.

It also creates the potential of a serious headache for the England selectors with fitness clouds hanging over a host of players. Graeme Swann (back), Tim Bresnan (calf), Ajmal Shahzad (hamstring), Paul Collingwood (back) and Chris Tremlett (side) have all flown home early from Australia and all except Tremlett are in the World Cup squad.

Andy Flower said on Friday that Bresnan was the most serious concern and with Morgan's injury there is a real chance England won't have 11 fit players available for the warm-up matches against Canada and Pakistan. Swann and Collingwood have been granted paternity leave and won't arrive until two days before the opening group match against Netherlands on February 22 even if they are passed fit.

Before the news of Morgan's injury was revealed, Andrew Strauss said he was looking forward to having a full-strength team back together after his depleted side was comprehensively beaten by Australia. "The injuries are a bit of a setback, but it looks like the guys are going to be fit for the World Cup so in some ways it might be a blessing in disguise."

Morgan's absence also means a weakened batting order for the final ODI against Australia with the likelihood that Michael Yardy will have to bat at No. 6 and Luke Wright at seven.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    MEETY..I love cricket,that is proper cricket,test matches and county championship.England have retained the ashes Job done.I do not think many people will remember the result of the 1 day series.I hope the Aussies can field a stronger team when next they go to England.they were unlucky to lose the likes of Mcgarth,Warne and Gilchrist at more or less the same time.

  • Andrew on February 6, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    @Jaq Platt - why send the "...test winning team should have been sent home at the end of the test series to prepare for the so called world cup..." - if one day stuff doesn't matter? I agree Tests are the most important format - & I hate that you Poms have the Ashes (they belong Down Under), but ODIs have an important place (high above T20s), in the cricketing landscape!

  • steve on February 6, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    this is what happens whaen you play too mny matches. the cricket playing countries should come up with different teams for all three formats, It will make a great difference in players fitness and fun to watch. some players cannot take off thiertest cricket mindset when they play ODI and T20. there are so many players wanting to play but do not get a chance, example hard hitters like south african wicketkeeper batsman davy jacobs, who should have been included in the south african, but because of selection stupidity??????

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    As an England supporter of 60 years,I do not care about silly knockabout 1 day stuff,We have retained the Ashes which is all that matters to me.All the test winning team should have been sent home at the end of the test series to prepare for the so called world cup and young players given a chance in the 1 day knockabouts.

  • Mike on February 6, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Why dont both the selectors of both sides of a tour just pick an extended squad. Continue with the highly profitable 7 match 1 day series but have more players to choose from. Wouldnt that fast track progress of the fringe players. Look what woakes has done for england. A few more youth getting their exposure will benefit the game.

  • Alastair on February 6, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Cook and Trott can both play if Prior bats at 6 and Collingwood at 7, Swann at 8 and three seamers at 9, 10, 11. Trott and KP can fill in a few overs between them if needed. Alternatively, Bresnan could bat at 7 - he's certainly capable... and then have Swann 8 and three more seamers (or Yardy) in and you have 5 bowlers. Finn is definitely worth trying to develop as a limited overs bowler as well - good bowling pace and can hit boundaries - invaluable in this form of the game.

  • Richard on February 6, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Survivor:Ashes continues! Who will be next to be thrown off the island?

  • James on February 6, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Well morgan is pretty useless anwyay

  • John on February 5, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    This ridiculous series is going to end up costing both Australia and England any shot at the World Cup. I'm not quite as much of a fan of Morgan as others are; he's a good player, but if I had to choose between him and Bell (and that's what it might be coming down to), I'd pick Bell at this stage in their respective careers. However, when looking at positions 5 and 6 in the batting order, Morgan is definitely one of England's top 3. For those advocating Cook: if he plays, then England's top 3 is Strauss, Cook and Trott. KP is at 4 and Prior has to bat at 7, so how does England find 5 bowlers? Either Bell or Morgan has to be dropped to fit in Colly as the 5th bowler. Then England can only play either 1 spinner/3 seamers or 2 spinners/ 2 seamers. It just doesn't work. Bell or Morgan might have to step down to make room for another bowler, but not another batsman. England can only have either Trott or Cook and Trott's record speaks for itself- 3 hundreds and 6 50s in 17 games.

  • Andrew on February 5, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    @ CbeCricket - probably a good idea - the balance of the batting line up would be stuffed though. Also I suspect the more Cook plays Short Format the less his Test output will be. That being said - it is getting pretty desperate for your mob!

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