ICC T20 World Cup 2022: Australia's Reserve Wicketkeeper Josh Inglis Ruled Out Of World Cup

Updated - 20 Oct 2022, 03:25 PM

Josh Inglis
Josh Inglis (Credits: Twitter)

Australia’s reserve wicketkeeper and a spare batter, Josh Inglis has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup after suffering a hand injury playing golf in Sydney on Wednesday. Inglis was assessed in the hospital yesterday and although the timeline for the recovery from the cut on his right hand is not long – and there is no tendon damage – he will now miss the tournament.

Earlier, England wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow was ruled out of the tournament due to a golf mishap as well, when he suffered a badly broken ankle caused by slipping on a tee box on the day the squad was announced.

Josh Inglis. (Credits: Twitter)

Australia coach Andrew McDonald wary of replacement choices after Josh Inglis’ injury

“We have got a bit of a problem to solve this morning around our back-up ‘keeper and also a back-up batter,” head coach Andrew McDonald told SEN radio.

Andrew McDonald (Photo by Daniel Pockett - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
Andrew McDonald (Photo by Daniel Pockett – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

“We have got to work out what a squad would like going into a World Cup without a back-up ‘keeper and the scenario if Matthew Wade were to get injured on the morning of a game. What would you do there if you didn’t have a resource in the group that was a stand-out ‘keeper?.”

Doors open for a host of other Australian players to fill in the void of Josh Inglis

McDonald said they were considering bringing in someone who doesn’t keep wicket, which could open the door for Cameron Green but the likes of Alex Carey, Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott were also in the frame plus quick bowler Nathan Ellis.

However, if the replacement was Green, McDonald confirmed he would not come straight into the XI.

Cameron Green (Image Credits: Getty Images)
Cameron Green (Image Credits: Getty Images)

He told reporters at the SCG, “Does it create a headache if we being him in? No, it probably just gives us more options. If Cameron Green was considered in the starting XI before the tournament started then he would have been in the 15 and he’s not, so if he was to come in there’s no way, unless there’s another injury, that he would come into the starting XI.”

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