Cricket-England's Morgan injures finger ahead of World Cup


Morgan to miss warm-up match against Australia on Saturday

Skipper to be fit for World Cup opener against South Africa

Adds ECB statement

May 24 (Reuters) - England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture on his finger but the injury will not affect his participation in the World Cup starting on May 30, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday.

Morgan picked up the injury to his left index finger during training at the Hampshire Bowl ahead of Saturday's warm-up match against world champions Australia and was sent to a hospital to have a precautionary X-ray.

"England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture to his left index finger," ECB said in a statement.

"Morgan picked up the injury during catching practice... he will not take part in the match (against Australia)... but is expected to make a full recovery and be available for England's opening World Cup match against South Africa."

The ECB did not say if Morgan would play in another warm-up clash against Afghanistan on Monday.

Favourites England begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on the opening day of the tournament.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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