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World Cup: Spotlight on the bench as injuries pile up


LONDON: The World Cup is a protracted drawn-out tournament, unfold over a month and a part. The staff which will be the closing one standing on July 14 will probably be a tired one. Eleven suits, travelling across so many venues and the educational and planning classes… you can make sure that there will probably be rather a couple of weary souls in the market at the podium.

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Besides, in modern-day cricket, the avid gamers are already stretched out as they have got a busy calendar to tick off. Often, some avid gamers carry niggles into a big tournament, hoping to find full fitness as the development progresses.

It is crucial then that a staff has an effective injury control system in place and also has a good bunch of backups who can adequately exchange first-choice avid gamers. Of course, one never is aware of when an injury crisis will hit the staff. But as England captain Eoin Morgan identified, teams which set up their injuries better and have good bench strength will move a long way in the World Cup.

Responding to NewsTread on Monday on whether India have emerged because the strongest opposition to the hosts, Morgan stated, "New Zealand are sliding under the radar. They are extremely strong at the moment, along with India and both have put in performances, no doubt. But we saw Bhuvneshwar Kumar go down in that last game. No doubt, over the next week, there will be more injuries and surprises throughout the tournament. So, it will be how teams respond to that, and the strength that they have within their squad of 15 players."

Among the main injury scares, in-form England opener Jason Roy is nursing a torn hamstring. India were hit by a finger injury to opener Shikhar Dhawan and now Bhuvneshwar has joined the scientific ward with a hamstring niggle.

England were so alarmed by the Roy setback that they're reportedly pondering of bringing back Alex Hales if the previous's injury seems to be more critical previous assessed. Hales was dropped from the squad closing month after testing sure for leisure medication. At that time, Morgan had stated Hales had lost the boldness of his teammates. On Monday, he advised BBC Sport, "If Ed Smith (national selector) came to the team and said Alex was the best option, we would have to assess how that would sit in the changing room and the stigma it would bring."

THE WALKING WOUNDED

INDIA:

Shikhar Dhawan: Suffered a hairline fracture in his left thumb.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Hamstring injury in opposition to Pakistan.

AUSTRALIA:

Marcus Stoinis: Picked up a side strain in opposition to India.

ENGLAND:

Jason Roy: Hamstring injury; should be back quickly.

SOUTH AFRICA:

Dale Steyn: Ruled out of the Cup with a shoulder injury.


Lungi Ngidi: Left hamstring injury after playing the first two suits.


Hashim Amla: Missed Bangla match after an unpleasant blow at the head.


AFGHANISTAN:


Mohammad Shahzad: Was sent back house after board bringing up a knee injury, but Shahzad claimed he was are compatible.


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