England captain Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings are doubtful for the second ODI against India on Friday, March 26.
Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings have sustained injuries in the first One Day International against India where the skipper split the webbing between his right thumb and index finger that needed four stitches, Billings injured his collarbone following a dive to stop a boundary as well.
England faced a defeat by 66 runs in the series-opener where they were bowled out for 251 despite having a blistering start of their chase of 318 runs. “We’re going to wait 48 for hours and see how it is… give as much time as needed to hopefully be available for Friday,” Eoin Morgan said at the post-match interaction.
Morgan, who scored 22 in the match, has said that his batting would not be 100 per cent due to his injury and fielding too has become a concern for him with a split webbing as well. Meanwhile, Sam Billings, who had earlier dislocated his left shoulder and missed their successful World Cup campaign in 2019, could only manage 18 runs.
“It’s never going to be at 100 per cent” Eoin Morgan on his performance post-injury
“I haven’t spoken with Sam about his batting so I don’t know in his instance… In mine, it’s never going to be at 100 per cent but it’s not that I can’t hold a bat,” Eoin Morgan said.
However, Morgan again shared that they would try to give opportunities to the majority of their players in the series. And that could mean the next two games might witness Matt Parkinson, Reece Topley or even uncapped Liam Livingstone as well.
“ODI cricket has been the vehicle to grow our squad and try and improve beyond our best XI on the field so there will be opportunities for guys coming in,” Eoin Morgan concluded.
However, Team India need only one win to clinch the three-match One Day International series whereas England need one win to level the series. It will be interesting to see which team will have the last laugh.