The wicket-keeper sustained the injury the day before England’s fourth ODI and now faces a race against time to get fit for the upcoming first Test on November 6
Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of England’s final one-day international and solitary T20 match against Sri Lanka after suffering ligament damage to his ankle.
The wicket-keeper now faces a race against time to be fit for the upcoming Test series which begins on November 6 in Galle.
Whether he will be ready to take part in the first Test playing as either a specialist batsman or wicket-keeper, is not yet known.
An England and Wales Cricket Board statement said: “He will be monitored and assessed on a daily basis by the England medical team in Sri Lanka and a further update given in due course on his fitness ahead of the three-match Test series next month.”
Bairstow will need to be at the peak of his powers if he is to take the gloves in Sri Lanka, a demanding task that is likely to involve long passages of play standing up to the spinners in sapping heat.
Jos Buttler does the job in limited-overs cricket and deputised against India for one Test when Bairstow was suffering with a broken finger last summer. The Yorkshireman is reluctant to give up the role, though.
England captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed that football, the current squad’s much-loved warm-up of choice, will not be banned and several players took part in a game on the morning of the fourth ODI.
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