Jos Buttler, England's limited-overs captain, has been ruled out of the rest of the Hundred with a calf strain.
Buttler has been captaining Manchester Originals, who are joint-third in the men's competition at this stage, and has scored 203 runs in his five innings this season. He injured his calf while fielding, chasing the ball to the boundary, against Southern Brave on Thursday night. He continued to field on the night and laughed off the injury immediately after, telling Sky Sports: "I'm just getting a bit older."
But he missed their win against Northern Superchargers on Sunday night and on Monday was ruled out of the remainder of the competition. Laurie Evans will continue to lead the side in Buttler's absence.
Simon Katich, Originals' head coach, said, "Obviously [we are] disappointed to lose Jos, not just for his batting but also his leadership."
Buttler's availability for England's seven-match T20I series in Pakistan in September is not yet in doubt, but he will be managed carefully ahead of the T20 World Cup, having previously missed the majority of England's white-ball summer in 2021 with a calf injury.