Morgan finishes the series with no runs and two layoffs from the eight balls he faced and while it’s hardly unprecedented for him to rest part of a series, his fitness has become a growing problem this year.
He said at the start of this tour that he would be resting this summer for at least some of England’s international matches due to his concerns about playing games on consecutive days, something he avoided in the T20 Blast for Middlesex after suffering . a thigh injury during the T20I series in Barbados earlier this year after playing back-to-back games.
Morgan also said he hoped to play all three games in the series “if possible”, but his right groin, which he adjusted while playing for Middlesex last month and felt during Sunday’s second ODI, has left him unable to do so. stated. He missed their optional practice on Tuesday and was banned from the third ODI on the morning of the game.
England didn’t pick a reserve batter in their squad, so one of their all-rounders – Moeen Ali or Sam Curran – will bat in the top six. David Payne, the Gloucestershire seam on the left arm, also makes his international debut.
Morgan has batted half a century in the past 18 months – against Sri Lanka in July 2021 – in both international and domestic cricket in both 50-over and T20 cricket and his back-to-back ducks have reinforced the impression that his latest form may slump be terminal.
Buttler, his heir apparent, will be captain in his ninth ODI, having substituted regularly in Morgan’s absence for the past six years.