Bopara out of Twenty20

Essex all-rounder sidelined by broken and dislocated thumb

Last Updated: 07/09/07 6:47am

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Bopara batting during the NatWest Series

Bopara batting during the NatWest Series

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England all-rounder Ravinder Bopara has been ruled out of the World Twenty20 due to a thumb injury.

"It's an injury to his bowling hand, bottom hand batting-wise. But let's not be pessimistic; let's hope it recovers quickly."
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Bopara, 22, suffered the problem when attempting to take a catch off his own bowling during the NatWest Series ODI at Headingley against India on Sunday.

It has now been confirmed as a dislocated and broken thumb, ruling him out of the final two matches of the NatWest Series and the World Twenty20.

The inaugural World Twenty20 competition takes place in South Africa between September 11-24.

Bopara requires between four and six weeks to recover, making him doubtful for England's one-day series in Sri Lanka, which starts at end of September.

Disappointing

"Four to six weeks is the medical prediction - which falls around about the one-day tournament (in Sri Lanka)," said chairman of selectors David Graveney.

"It's an injury to his bowling hand, bottom hand batting-wise. But let's not be pessimistic; let's hope it recovers quickly.

"It's desperately disappointing for him to miss out on a trip to South Africa.

"He's definitely out of Twenty20 - but there are possibilities he will be available for the one-dayers in Sri Lanka."

Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright - already part of the Twenty20 squad - was called into England's NatWest Series squad on Monday to provide cover for Bopara and Andrew Flintoff.

Flintoff doubt

Flintoff missed the defeat at Headingley after feeling discomfort in his left ankle and will be re-assessed on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lancashire all-rounder has only just returned to international cricket following surgery on the same ankle earlier in the season.

A further injury concern for England is Chris Tremlett, who is struggling with a foot problem and will not play at the Oval on Wednesday.

But left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom is available after overcoming a side strain and could make his first appearance of the NatWest Series.

England lead 3-2 ahead of the final two matches at the Oval (Sep 5) and Lord's (Sep 8).

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