With Jason Roy ruled out, Jonny Bairstow was scheduled to open the innings alongside Jos Buttler in the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, on the day the team was announced, the World Cup ended with a strange injury.
The England batsman injured his leg after falling while playing golf today, where he will need surgery.
Bairstow injured his leg in a freak accident while playing golf in Leeds on Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a press release. He will see a specialist next week to determine the extent of the injury.
Later in a post on social media, Bairstow wrote, ‘Unfortunately I will not be available for any matches or tours in the near future. This is because, in a freak accident, I injured my lower leg, which will require surgery. I got this injury after slipping on the golf course this morning.’
Bairstow was having a great season before the injury. Scored 6 centuries in 10 Tests this year, batting at an average of 66.31. He scored 147 runs at an average of 49 and a strike rate of 141.34 after playing three T20s.
Bairstow’s absence in the T20 World Cup with the series-deciding third Test against South Africa is a big blow for England. For now, the batsman wished his teammates well, “I have suffered a lot. Good luck to everyone at the Oval this week and to those going to Australia for the T20 World Cup.’
England have called up Ben Duckett to replace Bairstow in the third Test of the series. The left-handed batsman, who played the last of his 4-Test career against India in 2016, made his debut against Bangladesh.