England’s emerging one day talent – Ravi Bopara has been ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup. Bopara is out of action for four to six weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture on his right thumb. Fast bowler James Anderson, who has had a great summer in both Tests and ODIs against India has been named as the replacement for the Essex all rounder.
Bopara has been very unlucky on the injuries that have put him away from action since the World Cup in the Caribbean. First he was ruled out of the West Indies series with a thigh injury and when he made his comeback against India, an onfield injury has halted his progress. He is indeed unlucky as it was in the 4th game that he had won England the match at Old Trafford out of a losing situation. In the fifth match at Leeds, Bopara trying to get his hands to take a return catch offered by a Gambhir’s drive got hit on his thumb. Following that Bopara had to immediately leave the field but he was brave enough to bat after taking a pain killing injection.
England are waiting for Andrew Flintoff’s results on his troublesome ankle. Freddie will be undergoing a fitness test at Lord’s which will decide whether his fate in featuring in the 7th ODI against India and also the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.