Series over for Wright

Toe injury sidelines England all-rounder for final two one-dayers

Last Updated: 16/09/09 12:31pm

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Wright: sidelined by toe problem

Wright: sidelined by toe problem

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Luke Wright has been ruled out of the final two matches of the NatWest Series against Australia with a toe injury.

The Sussex all-rounder required stitches after being hit on the big toe of his left foot by the bowling machine while batting in the nets on Monday.

He missed England's four-wicket defeat to Australia at Trent Bridge on Tuesday as the hosts slipped to their fifth straight defeat.

Wright's fitness for the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in South Africa on September 22, will be assessed next week.

Hampshire's Dimitri Mascarenhas was called-up to replace Wright in England's squad and played in the Nottingham defeat.

The NatWest Series concludes with fixtures at Trent Bridge on Thursday and the Riverside on Sunday.

Balance

Wright has become a key part of England's limited-overs strategy, with his seam bowling and late-order hitting critical to the balance of the side.

Mascarenhas, Chiswick born but raised in Western Australia, is now in pole position to replace Wright, should he be ruled out of the Champions Trophy.

The England selectors could, however, opt to bring in a specialist batsman and, in that scenario, Ashes hero Jonathan Trott is the front runner for a recall.

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