Jonny Bairstow ruled out of T20 World Cup and final test after bizarre golf accident

England suffered a blow on Friday when Jonny Bairstow suffered a suspected broken leg in a freak accident on the golf course which is set to rule him out for the rest of the year.

Bairstow will miss the Test Series decider against South Africa at the Oval next week and will force England to tear up their plans for the Twenty20 World Cup in November. The Yorkshireman was injured just hours after being named Jos Buttler’s opening partner at the tournament in place of Jason Roy.

Bairstow will see a specialist next week but is unlikely to return until next year when England play two Tests in New Zealand in February.

He was injured slipping in a tee box at Pannal Golf Club in Harrogate on Friday morning as he took time off before reporting to the Oval at the weekend for the third Test.

“Unfortunately I will not be available for any games/tours in the immediate future,” Bairstow said on social media. “The reason is that I injured my lower leg in a freak accident and it will need an operation.

“The injury occurred when I slipped on the golf course this morning. I’m disgusted and first of all wish everyone this week at The Oval all the best and the boys going to Australia for the T20 World Cup. Absolutely disgusted! I will be back…”

Nottinghamshire batsman Ben Duckett has been added to the squad as cover with Harry Brook in line for a Test start at No.5 in place of his Yorkshire colleague.

England will now have to choose a new opener for the Twenty20 World Cup with Alex Hales and Will Jacks in contention for Bairstow’s place.

Roy was dropped Friday morning from both squads for Pakistan’s seven-game Twenty20 tour and the World Cup after a meager run. Director of Cricket Rob Key confirmed Bairstow would open at the World Cup but also admitted Hales had been close to a recall for the first time in three years.

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