England to name replacement September 4, 2007

Bopara ruled out of Twenty20

Cricinfo staff



Ravi Bopara has been struck by another injury and misses the ICC World Twenty20 © Getty Images
Ravi Bopara has been ruled out of the final two one-day internationals against India and the ICC World Twenty20 after dislocating and fracturing his right thumb during the fifth ODI, at Headingley, on Sunday.

He picked up the injury trying to take a return catch off Gautam Gambhir and immediately left the field one ball into his second over. He batted with the aid of a painkilling injection, but with a rapid turnover between the one-day series and the Twenty20 there was little chance of him recovering.

England will be able to name a replacement with Dimitri Mascarenhas probably topping the list as a like-for-like swap for Bopara. His availability for the five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka, starting on October 1, is still uncertain.

"Four to six weeks is the medical prediction - which falls around about the one-day tournament," said England chairman of selectors David Graveney. "It's an injury to his bowling hand, bottom hand batting-wise. But let's not be pessimistic; let's hope it recovers quickly.

"It's desperately disappointing for him to miss out on a trip to South Africa. He's definitely out of Twenty20 - but there are possibilities he will be available for the one-dayers in Sri Lanka."

There are also continued concerns over Andrew Flintoff, who missed the Headingley match after experiencing soreness in his left ankle. He is a doubt for Wednesday's clash at The Oval, and therefore his place at the Twenty20 must also be in jeopardy.

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