England’s Jos Buttler injured his right calf in the first T20 win on Wednesday and will return home to begin a rehab program; Yorkshire batsman Dawid Malan has been added to the ODI squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka ODI series.
Jos Buttler reached his thirteenth T20 fifty as England chased down 130 to beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first T20I
Jos Buttler will miss the rest of England’s campaign against Sri Lanka after sustaining a calf injury in the first T20 win on Wednesday.
The goalie-hitter underwent an MRI in Cardiff on Thursday morning, which revealed a small tear in his right calf.
Buttler felt tension and discomfort late in the game after a game-winning 68 was not secured an eight-wicket victory.
He rested for the second T20 on Thursday, in which England scored a series win, and will return home on Friday to begin a rehab program.
Yorkshire batsman Dawid Malan has been added to the ODI squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka ODI series.
Nasser Hussain praised Liam Livingstone’s “arrogance” and presence in the fold after his performance as man of the match in England’s win over Sri Lanka.
The 27-year-old hitter finished undefeated with 29 of 26 balls as he helped England rebound from 36-4 to chase a revised 103 total at Sophia Gardens, sharing a 54-run position with Sam Billings.
The Lancashire man also threw two economic startles at the start of Sri Lanka’s innings, as he did in the first IT20, and Hussain believes that Livingstone is the fringe player who has most insisted on his claims for the World Cup selection. T20 later this year.
“Liam Livingstone doesn’t strike me as someone under pressure,” he told Sky Sports. “He seems to enjoy his cricket, he seems to have an arrogance and a presence in the fold. Let him continue.
“The partnership between Billings and Livingstone was excellent. Livingstone, I loved the little six-man movie he played because it just showed his presence. He, in particular, played in a very calm, collected and out of the way in these two games, I would say that Livingstone has pushed his case in the best way. “
Watch the third and final T20 International between England and Sri Lanka, live on Sky Sports Cricket starting at 2pm on Saturday.