ENG vs WI: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday, January 27, that England men’s team white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the final two matches of the ongoing Twenty20 International series between England and West Indies owing to a low-grade quadriceps injury.
“Follow-up testing revealed he sustained a right thigh muscle injury which, whilst relatively minor, will prevent him from playing further games during the current tour,” ECB stated in an official release.
Morgan also missed England’s third T20I of the ENG vs WI series after experiencing soreness in his right quad during the warm-up session. In the third game, Moeen Ali took over as captain in Morgan’s absence, with England failing to emerge triumphant in a chase of the target of 225 runs, which the opponents achieved by losing four wickets, as West Indies grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Morgan was not at his best in the first two T20Is, scoring 17 off 29 balls in the first and only 13 off 12 in the second. Moeen Ali didn’t participate in the first match, but he won the Player of the Match award in the second, with his 31-run knock and 3 for 24 with the ball helping England even the series with a one-run triumph.
Moeen, on the other hand, didn’t have the greatest of captaincy performances, bowling only one over in the third game and giving 14 off the 224 West Indies scored due to Rovman Powell’s maiden T20I century. Tom Banton and Philip Salt each hit fifty runs, but England could only muster 204 runs in response at the loss of nine wickets, with Moeen Ali bowled for a duck.
The fourth and fifth Twenty20 Internationals between the two teams will be played on the 29th and 30th of January, respectively.