Inglis sent to hospital after hand injury on golf course

Australia suffered an injury scare two days before their T20 World Cup opener after the substitute wicketkeeper Josh Inglis suffered a cut to his right hand in a golf accident in Sydney.

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

Inglis, who has played nine T20Is, is unlikely to feature in Australia’s starting XI during the tournament unless there is an injury to first-choice wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, or a replacement for concussion is necessary. Should the injury prove serious, Australia could replace Inglis in their 15-man squad with ICC approval, but he could not return.

Inglis was also part of the squad for the previous T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. However, he only featured in three of Australia’s games leading up to this tournament; two games on the tour of India, then the warm-up game against the same opponents at the Gabba on Monday.

He made a good impression in his limited opportunities, with a strike rate of 141.02 thanks to his inventive stick. He is considered Wade’s natural successor whenever he retires.

English batter-wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow was kicked out of the tournament when he badly broke his ankle slipping off a tee on the day of the team’s announcement.

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