Inglis sent to hospital after hand injury on golf course


Australia has suffered an injury two days after the opening of their first men’s T20 World Cup match after backup wicketkeeper Josh Inglis suffered a laceration to his right hand in a golf accident in Sydney.

The incident was first reported by the Sydney Morning Heraldand a team spokesperson confirmed that Inglis was being examined in hospital on Wednesday afternoon after a golf club snapped in his hand.

It is unlikely that Inglis, who has played nine T20Is, will play in the Australian starting XI during the tournament, unless first-choice wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is injured or a replacement for a concussion is needed. If the injury proves serious, Australia could replace Inglis in their 15-player roster with ICC approval, but he could not return.

Inglis was also part of the squad for the previous Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. However, he played in only three of the Australian games leading up to this tournament; two matches on the tour of India and then the warm-up match against the same opponents at the Gabba on Monday.

He has made a good impression in his limited chances, with a batting rate of 141.02 from his inventive at bat. He is seen as Wade’s natural successor when he retires.

England wicketkeeper batter Jonny Bairstow was ruled out of the tournament due to a golfing accident when, on the day the squad was announced, he suffered a serious fractured ankle caused by slipping on a tee box.