England spinner Liam Dawson has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing five-match One-Day International series in Sri Lanka after sustaining a right side strain, confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday (October 15).
The 28-year-old picked up the injury while bowling in Saturday’s rain-shortened second ODI in Dambulla where the Hampshire left-arm spinner bowled six overs and took a wicket.
Now, he is likely to be out of action for about a month which forced the ECB to name the Kent all-rounder Joe Denly as his replacement for the ongoing ODI series, where they are up with 1-0 after winning second ODI against Sri Lanka with the series opener was washed out last week.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Denly, who bats at the top of the order while bowls leg-spin, is already part of England’s Test squad for the Lanka series, and played the last of his nine previous ODIs in 2009, is expected to join the squad in time for the third ODI at Kandy on Wednesday (October 17).
Denly has been in sizzling all-round form this season for Kent, as he adjudged the Vitality T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year awards, as well as, being voted the Professional Cricketers' Association Players' Player of the Year. He averaged 70 with the bat and took 14 wickets with his leg-spin in the White-ball game.
Noteworthy, England will take on Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 international on October 27 following the ODI series, and then play three Tests in November.