Bairstow is hoping he does not require surgery to fix the torn cartilage in his right wrist
England batsman Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) after sustaining a wrist injury during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Bairstow has been diagnosed with torn cartilage in his right wrist and will be receiving specialist treatment for the next few weeks in hopes to avoid surgery, which could cause him to lose his spot on the national team roster for the upcoming India Test series.
Having proven himself as a batsman on the rise during the Test series against South Africa, Bairstow failed to produce the same kind of magic during the World Twenty20, as he could only muster up 38 runs in five innings.
Bairstow even kept wicket in England’s super 8s match against Sri Lanka for the first time in his international career.
Despite having a lot of trouble playing spin bowling throughout the World Twenty20, Bairstow will be hoping to fare better in India, where conditions will be suited for spin bowlers to thrive on.
But, even if Bairstow is cleared to play in the India series, he could still remain on the sidelines after Kevin Pietersen signed a four-month central contract.
Bairstow was supposed to represent Yorkshire in the CLT20, but the English county team will be in panic mode as they look for a suitable replacement.
Bairstow also wicketkeeps for Yorkshire, and as of right now the only suitable candidate they have is 22-year-old Dan Hodgson.
Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph and Argus, Hodgson said: “I can’t think of a better way to start my Twenty20 career than playing in the Champions League, I always thought there might be a chance I’d get a game with Jonny being on England duty, but it does feel a bit surreal now it’s happened.”
Yorkshire will also be without star all-rounder Tim Bresnan, who was ordered to rest up for the India series by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).