England batsman Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of the third Test and Twenty20 World Cup against South Africa after suffering a possible fracture to his left leg while playing golf on Friday. The 32-year-old slipped while walking on the tee box and will see a specialist determine the extent of the injury.
Bairstow confirmed that he would need surgery on his Instagram account.
Nottinghamshire’s Ben Duckett has been included in the squad for the series-deciding Test at Kia Oval.
The Yorkshireman has been in superb form in 2022, scoring 1,061 runs and six centuries in 10 Tests, and is a key part of England’s white-ball teams.
Earlier on Friday, he was named in England’s squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia starting on October 22, with managing director Rob Kay confirming Bairstow to open the batting. are ready
Instead, a replacement for the 15-man group must be found, with the England and Wales Cricket Board confirming that an announcement will be made in due course.
Speaking on BBC Two, former England spinner Alex Hartley said: “It’s devastating news, he’s been fantastic for England this summer. To sustain a freak injury while playing golf is a blow for England. Yes, but for Bairstow, there is more to it.”
With Bairstow missing, his Yorkshire team-mate Harry Brook could be set to make his Test debut against South Africa. The 23-year-old has been part of the England squad throughout the summer and will now compete with left-hander Duckett for a place in the XI.
The 27-year-old Duckett is also an option to replace Bairstow in the World Cup squad. He is one of three batsmen in the touring party to face Pakistan at the end of September who has not been included in the squad for the tournament.
Surrey’s Will Jacks, 23, and Kent’s Jordan Cox, 21, are the other two, while there is still the possibility that Jason Roy could be ready for an immediate recall, dropping him from the original 15.
Rob Key was saying this morning that Bairstow will open the batting at the T20 World Cup after the batsman suffered a nightmare injury on a golf course in Leeds that could rule him out for the rest of 2022. will
Bairstow is the world’s leading Test batsman this year, so England has a hole in the South Africa series decider and the tour of Pakistan in December. It looks like Harry Brook is ready for a long-awaited opportunity.
As far as the T20 World Cup is concerned, England has options – promote David Mullan or use Phil Salt as an opener.
They are all good players, but what Bairstow brings to England across all formats will be hard to replace.