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England star Joe Root will miss the three-match Twenty20 series against West Indies after suffering a broken thumb.
Root picked up the injury after he was struck on the hand during Wednesday’s ODI victory against the Windies in Antigua and he is now facing a spell on the sidelines.
Root managed to play on after undergoing some treatment and amazingly managed to block the pain out on the way to making a brilliant 107 as England wrapped up a 2-1 series win.
However, scans have since revealed a fracture and the Yorkshireman is now set to return to England to see a specialist.
“It was an incredibly brave knock,” captain Stuart Broad said of his performance.
“He came off, and his thumb was very ugly. Eoin (Morgan) was going to go out after the rain break. But then two minutes before, Joe put his helmet on and stormed out.
“I think it was clear for everybody to see the discomfort he was in. To battle through that and go and get a hundred … that’s the sort of commitment and desire you want guys to have playing for England.”
The injury means that Root is now a big doubt for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month.
The ECB have yet to announce whether a replacement will travel out to Barbados, but Ian Bell has already been called into the T20 squad following injuries to Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales.