England all-rounder Luke Wright was ruled out of the World Twenty20 with a side strain yesterday while recuperating Australian James Faulkner will miss today’s super 10 match against Pakistan.
Barely hours before the already-depleted English side begin their Super 10 campaign against New Zealand in Chittagong, 29-year-old Wright joined Joe Root and Ben Stokes in being forced out of the former winners’ squad with injury.
“The Event Technical Committee ... has approved Craig Kieswetter as a replacement player for Luke Wright in the England men’s squad,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement.
Kieswetter, a key part of England’s surprise 2010 success in the same competition, is expected to arrive in Chittagong tomorrow and should be available for the three remaining Super 10 matches. Wright tweeted his disappointment yesterday: “Absolutely gutted to be leaving the World Cup injured. Hard to take but the silver lining is I will now be at the birth of my second child,.
Wright had appeared set for a big role in the competition when he enjoyed a prolific spell with Melborne Stars in the Big Bash League, scoring 275 and becoming the only non-Australian to earn a player-of-the-tournament nomination. But his return to England colours has proved a damp squib, scoring one, nought, nought and seven not out in two one-day and two T20 appearances on the tour of West Indies.
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