Eoin Morgan's World Cup hope: England big-hitter could still appear on the subcontinent

Eoin Morgan could yet make a dramatic appearance in the World Cup after being left out of England’s 15-man squad because of a finger injury he has since claimed is not as bad as first feared.

There had been confusion over whether the Ireland-born batsman, who was replaced by Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara, could return to the side after revealing on Twitter two days ago that he did not need an operation.

But tournament rules permit a player to replace a member of a squad’s final 15 - so long as the man he replaces has picked up an injury.

And that means Morgan, whose fractured finger wasn’t diagnosed until 12 days after he broke it in Adelaide on January 26, could yet make a return some time around the
tournament’s knockout stages, starting on March 23, if all the pieces slot into place.

World Cup chance: Morgan could yet play on the subcontinent

World Cup chance: Morgan could yet play on the subcontinent

An ECB spokesman said yesterday Morgan would still require ‘a period of rehabilitation for the injury before being reassessed again in a few weeks’ time. But we would need to incur an injury for him to be drafted back into the team as a replacement.’

But friends say the Dubliner - who did not endear himself to the ECB hierarchy over
his Twitter comments - feels he is ready to play before that.

Learning curve: Bell

Learning curve: Bell

Morgan’s middle-order colleague Ian Bell said: ‘It’s disappointing not to have him here because he’s been a match-winner for us over the last 12 to 18 months. But I’m sure he’s got a big future with England.’

Bell, one of seven players in the squad who took part in England’s World Cup debacle in the Caribbean four years ago, said he wanted to take a leaf out of his side’s Ashes-winning book and put right the horrors of 2006-07.

‘I played in the World Cup last time, and it didn’t go to plan,’ he said ahead of this
morning’s warm-up game here against Canada.

‘It was a little bit like going and playing in Australia and losing 5-0 - it was nice to go back and put that right. This is another opportunity for the guys who played in the last World Cup to do that same thing again.’

England were hoping for permission from the ICC to include Chris Tremlett in their team this morning.

The Surrey fast bowler isn’t part of the World Cup squad, but is in Bangladesh as a travelling reserve while Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad recover from injuries.