Morgan cleared to lead England, Plunkett returns

Sports       by Usman Arshad | Published

England recorded a 4-1 one-day series win over Australia in January and became the world's number one ranked ODI side earlier this month.

The England fixtures will be Australia's first global matches since a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town in March led to the ongoing suspensions of then captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.

Shahid Afridi - who will be playing his last worldwide match - held the record for the fastest One Day global (ODI) century for a period of 18 years; a 37-ball ton that shot him to fame at the inception of his career. "We will wait and see", said Morgan.

The left-handed batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game granted global status by the worldwide Cricket Council, which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes previous year.

But while he won't be able to play in that match, Morgan will take charge in Scotland and then in five matches against Australia starting at The Oval on June 13.

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Morgan suffered his injury while fielding for Middlesex during their Royal London One-Day Cup match at Somerset on Sunday and will also miss his county's fixtures against Hampshire and Surrey this week.

Subsequent x-rays revealed a crack at the top of the ring finger on his right hand.

Morgan was forced to withdraw from Thursday's Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge with the injury, but it will not hamper his England commitments.

"It's disappointing but it's not the worst news that could have come through. It is not a huge concern, it is one we can hopefully manage past in about a week", Andy Flower, who is standing in as England's director of cricket for Andrew Strauss, was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.

The hard-hitting batsman tweeted: "It's a great honour to be leading the ICC World XI side, that too for such a good cause".

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