ENG vs SL: England’s vice-captain and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been sidelined from the remainder of the ongoing white-ball series against Sri Lanka after sustaining a right calf injury. He suffered the injury in England’s first Twenty20 victory at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday.
The 30-year old played an instrumental role in sealing the victory for the team with his unbeaten 68-run knock. However, owing to his injury, England will remain without his services for the remainder of the series. Buttler will now head home for rehab.
According to the ECB, he “felt tightness and discomfort” at the end of the game, following which he was taken for an MRI scan on Thursday morning. The scan revealed he had sustained a small tear.
Subsequently, the No. 1-ranked T20I batter Dawid Malan has been added to the England squad for the ODI series starting June 29. Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings are in line for contention of wicket-keeping.
England is currently leading the three-match T20I series by 2-0, after winning the second game by five wickets. The team will play the final match of the series at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.
ENG vs SL Full schedule
Jun 23, Wed – 1st T20I – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Jun 24, Thu – 2nd T20I – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Jun 26, Sat – 3rd T20I – The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Jun 29, Tue – 1st ODI – Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Jul 01, Thu – 2nd ODI – Kennington Oval, London
Jul 04, Sun – 3rd ODI – County Ground
ENG vs SL Series Squads
England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama