Bairstow to miss T20 World Cup and England Test after ‘freak’ golf accident

Bairstow to miss T20 World Cup and England Test after ‘freak’ golf accident
Bairstow to miss T20 World Cup and England Test after ‘freak’ golf accident

Published on: 02/09/2022 – 18:02Amended: 02/09/2022 – 18:01

London (AFP) – England’s Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of the final test against South Africa and next month’s T20 World Cup after a “freak accident” while playing golf.

Just hours after being named in England’s T20 World Cup squad, Bairstow was forced to retire after suffering a possible broken leg when he slipped while walking towards a tee box during a a round of golf.

Bairstow’s Yorkshire team-mate Harry Brook is set to make his Test debut at the Oval in place of Bairstow, with Ben Duckett also on the cover.

“Jonathan Bairstow has been ruled out of the remainder of the summer and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after sustaining a lower extremity injury in a freak accident while playing golf at Leeds on Friday. He will see a specialist next week to determine the full extent of the injury,” a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

Bairstow took to Instagram to comment on the incident, which is considered serious enough to cast doubt on his participation for the rest of the year.

“Unfortunately, I will not be available for all matches/tours in the immediate future. The reason is that I injured my lower leg in a freak accident and will need an operation,” he wrote.

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

© 2022 AFP

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