Amidst the dominance of the Men in Blue at Trent Bridge, England’s worries piled up as their wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow sustained a minor fracture in his left middle finger.
Cricket news: Bairstow left the field after getting hurt on his finger
Bairstow sustained the injury during the first session of the third day’s play while trying to collect a delivery from James Anderson.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was soon sent to the hospital as he left the field grimacing in pain.
Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan said to BBC that the normal time for a broken finger to heal is four to six weeks.
“That could be the end of Jonny Bairstow’s series. Generally, a broken finger is four to six weeks,” he was quoted as saying by BBC.
Although the official twitter handle of England cricket has confirmed that Bairstow has sustained a fracture, they however has not yet released any official statement of his time of recovery.
Jonny Bairstow was England’s highest run-getter in this series as he has scored 206 runs in 5 innings so far which includes a couple of half-centuries.
If England loses an in-form batsman like Bairstow, their batting department will surely suffer and struggle in the next matches. It is still not clear whether Bairstow will be able to bat in the second innings of the Trent Bridge Test.
The incident took place in the 40th over of India’s innings when Cheteshwar Pujara left an outside the off-stump delivery.
The ball after passing the stumps swung a bit more and hit Bairstow badly as he cried to glove it. He immediately left the field in agony as Jos Buttler took on the duties of keeping the wickets.