England’s Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out the final Test against South Africa and next month’s T20 World Cup after a “freak accident” playing golf.
Just hours after being named in England’s T20 World Cup squad, Bairstow was forced to withdraw after suffering a possible broken leg when he slipped while walking to a tee box at the Pannal Golf Club near Harrogate.
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The 32-year-old’s bizarre injury is a huge blow to England’s hope of winning both the South Africa series — currently level at 1-1 — and the T20 World Cup in Australia.
The Yorkshire batsman had been in superb form this year, scoring 1,061 runs, including six centuries, in 10 Tests, while playing a key role in England’s white-ball teams.
“Jonathan Bairstow has been ruled out of the rest…