England ODI opener Jonny Bairstow is a doubt for the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Saturday after injuring his ankle playing in England’s warm-up football match.
Bairstow limped out of training after suffering the injury while stretching for the ball and his fitness will now be assessed on the morning of the upcoming fixture where England will look to seal the series with one game to spare, currently leading 2-0 after three matches.
Alex Hales is on standby to replace Bairstow, who became the sixth England batsman to hit 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year in his side’s seven wicket win last time out.
Kent all-rounder Joe Denly, who arrived early to the England set-up this week as replacement for injured spinner Liam Dawson, could also be in the frame to replace Bairstow should the Yorkshireman fail a late fitness test.
Mike Brewer: I enjoyed this piece and anxieties which we all shared about BT taking on this mantle from Sky were short lived as the action unfolded. But you are right about the motormouth commentary, and the worst culprit was Ponting who seems to think that a barrage of overly complicated theories and explanations makes him look like the best captain Australia ever had, neither will ever be true. It was white noise and I longed for the incisive remark that Atherton obviously, and Botham at times surprisingly, casually drops in to punctuate proceedings.
You rightly highlighted deficiencies in Matt Smith's wardrobe. His lack of sartorial co-ordination made him appear scruffy, totally outshone by his ex-playing experts. A bit more Colville, and a little less Corbyn would be my advice to him.
As for the broadcaster there were too many deliveries shown just in the nick of time, or missed altogether... a cardinal sin.
Much like England I am hoping for improvements in Adelaide. View Post