Injury Strikes as Josh Tongue Ruled Out of England’s T20 Series Against New Zealand

Injury Rules Josh Tongue Out of England's T20 Series Against New Zealand
Injury Rules Josh Tongue Out of England's T20 Series Against New Zealand (Source: Josh Tongue Official Insta)

In a setback for England’s white-ball cricket aspirations, pace bowler Josh Tongue has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 series against New Zealand due to injury. The 25-year-old, who had shown promise during Test matches against Ireland and Australia earlier this summer, was set to make his debut in the shorter format. Chris Jordan, England’s leading wicket-taker in T20s, steps in to replace Tongue for the four-match series set to commence on Wednesday at Chester-Le-Street.

Tongue’s Impressive Journey Cut Short

Josh Tongue’s transition from red-ball to white-ball cricket has been put on hold as injury forces him out of England’s T20 series against New Zealand. Having made an impact during Tests against Ireland and Australia in recent months, Tongue was eagerly anticipated to showcase his skills in the T20 arena. The Worcestershire bowler’s ability to generate bounce and movement had impressed many, making his sidelining a disappointment for the England camp.

To fill the void left by Tongue’s injury, England turned to Chris Jordan, a proven performer in the T20 format. With an impressive track record as England’s highest wicket-taker in T20s, Jordan’s inclusion adds depth and experience to the squad. His prowess in handling high-pressure situations and delivering crucial breakthroughs makes him a valuable asset as England prepares to take on New Zealand.

Tongue’s Additional Setback

Unfortunately, Tongue’s injury also sidelines him for the Hundred eliminator clash between Manchester Originals and Southern Brave on Saturday. His absence will be felt by the Worcestershire-based team, depriving them of his skillful bowling abilities during this crucial encounter.

Despite the setbacks, England’s T20 squad for the series against New Zealand remains strong and promising. Led by captain Jos Buttler, the squad includes a mix of seasoned players and emerging talents. The team’s collective determination to excel will be showcased as they compete against New Zealand in the coming matches.

England squad for T20 series against New Zealand:

Jos Buttler (captain), Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood.

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