England could face further an uphill task finishing their India tour on a high as their captain Eoin Morgan and middle-order batsman Sam Billings remain in doubt for the second ODI. The number one ODI team are significantly under pressure already after losing the first game by 66 runs in Pune, squandering an upper hand to concede a victory. With Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings sustaining injuries, the visitors have their task further cut out.
Captain Eoin Morgan split the webbing between his right thumb and index finger, requiring four stitches as he remained out of the field during India’s batting. As for Sam Billings, the 29-year old injured his collarbone after a diving effort to save a boundary at the deep square leg region. Morgan and Billings scored 22 and 18 runs, respectively, but England needed from them to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Eoin Morgan revealed that they are going to wait and see over the next 48 hours as to how it goes, remaining hopeful that it would be okay by Friday.
“We’re going to wait 48 for hours and see how it is…give as much time as needed to hopefully be available for Friday,” Morgan said as quoted by Times Now.
I haven’t spoken with Sam about his batting so I don’t know in his instance: Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan further admitted that he is yet to speak to Sam Billings about his injuries and conceded that he would not be 100 per cent; however, he can at least hold a bat. The 34-year old insisted that they will still try to field their best eleven and there would be opportunities for others in the squad.
“I haven’t spoken with Sam about his batting so I don’t know in his instance… In mine, it’s never going to be at 100 per cent but it’s not that I can’t hold a bat. ODI cricket has been the vehicle to grow our squad and try and improve beyond our best XI on the field so there will be opportunities for guys coming in,” he added.