World Cup blow for Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the World Cup after learning he must undergo surgery on his broken finger.
Morgan sustained a 'substantial' fracture to the middle finger of his left hand during the fourth ODI in Adelaide, but carried on playing for a further two matches in the mistaken belief that it was merely bruised.
England coach Andy Flower confirmed that Morgan would play no part in the six-week event and revealed he would be replaced by Ravi Bopara, who would fly home from the Lions' tour of the West Indies.
"Eoin Morgan won't be going to the World Cup," Flower said. "His finger needs to be operated on. That's a serious loss to us; he has been a very influential limited-overs performer for us since he joined the England team.
"No-one's irreplaceable, and Ravi Bopara is a very talented and exciting player. He will also bring a little bit of medium-pace bowling and will help out the captain in those middle overs in the subcontinent. We are confident that the 15 guys we have got out there will gel together and perform powerfully."
England captain Andrew Strauss admitted Morgan would be sorely missed, but called on Bopara to make the most of his chance.
"Over the last 12 or 18 months [Morgan] has been the stand-out batsman for us in one-day cricket and we all see the World Cup as a forum in which to showcase your talents and your skills so he is bitterly disappointed to be missing out," Strauss said.
"But unfortunately it is the nature of the beast that you are going to get injuries, and his has come along at a very bad time for him. For the time being we are going to have to make do without him.
"[Bopara] hasn't had a chance to play for us recently; he has been playing a lot of cricket around the world and he is desperate to get back in the ranks. This is his opportunity and we like what he can bring to the game and he is going to be a worthy addition to the squad."