England in West Indies 2008-09 March 9, 2009

Sidebottom out of one-day series


Ryan Sidebottom will be replaced by Amjad Khan for the ODIs against West Indies © Getty Images
 

Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out of the Twenty20 international and one-day series against West Indies by his persistent Achilles problem. He will fly home after the final Test in Trinidad while Amjad Khan, who made his debut in Port of Spain, will remain with the squad.

It is the latest setback for Sidebottom who has had injury problems since the middle of 2008. He played in Jamaica and Barbados without posing much of a threat, finishing with just a single wicket. He was previously ruled out of the Test series in India after originally pulling up lame in the Stanford Super Series following an injury-hit end to the home season against South Africa.

"Ryan's had problems with his Achilles for a little while now and we feel as though it's best served for Ryan to go back and get some intensive treatment," Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, said. "Obviously it's disappointing he won't be available for the one-day series alongside Graeme Swann, but with the amount of cricket we have coming up in England we will feel he needs to go back and get treatment with a view to him being ready for the summer."

England's one-day squad looks significantly different to the one originally named with Sidebottom and Swann ruled out through injury, while Samit Patel was withdrawn after failing to reach his required fitness level. Adil Rashid and Gareth Batty were added to the party earlier this week to cover the spin department.

However, there was more promising news on Andrew Flintoff who will arrive back in Trinidad on Tuesday. He returned to the UK when the team were in Barbados after picking up a hip injury during the Antigua Test. While back in England Flintoff has been under the guidance of Nick Pierce, the ECB's chief medical officer, and has also worked with the Lancashire medical staff.

"Our medical team has been pleased with his progress," Morris said. "He will continue his treatment over here with a view, hopefully, to playing some part in the one-day series."

The limited-overs leg of the tour starts with a warm-up match in Trinidad on Saturday before the Twenty20 the following day at the Queen's Park Oval. A five-match ODI series then takes place in Guyana, Barbados and St Lucia.

Andrew McGlashan is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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