Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings in doubt for second ODI vs India with injuries

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Captain says other squad members ‘absolutely’ set to play in remaining two matches

Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings are in doubt to play in Friday’s second ODI against India after picking up injuries in the series opener.

Morgan split the webbing between his right thumb and index finger while fielding and needed four stitches before heading out to bat in England’s 66-run defeat on Tuesday. He made 22 as England were bowled out for 251 in pursuit of India’s 317 for 5. Billings was also able to bat – he contributed 18 – after spraining his collar bone as he dived in vain to stop a boundary.

While Billings’ injury was unrelated to the dislocated left shoulder that required surgery and ruined his hopes of playing in England’s triumphant 2019 World Cup campaign, Morgan said the pair faced a 48-hour wait before a decision is made on their fitness for the next game, a must-win for England if they are to keep the three-match series alive.

“We’re going to wait a while, and then give them as much time as needed to hopefully be available for Friday,” Morgan said. “I think two different instances, obviously when you have a split webbing fielding is a concern, and with Sam obviously landing while he’s fielding, being able to play the shots that he does.”

Morgan was yet to ask Billings whether he had felt the injury while batting but he admitted to feeling some discomfort himself during England’s run-chase.

“I haven’t spoken with Sam about his batting so I don’t know in his instance,” Morgan added. “In mine, It’s never going to be at 100%, but it’s not that I can’t hold a bat.”

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