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Jonny Bairstow out of T20 World Cup after suffering broken leg playing golf, how did he do it, how long is he out for, latest, updates

England’s Jonny Bairstow will be ruled out of the T20 World Cup in South Africa and next month’s T20 World Cup due to his golfing challenge.

Just hours after being named in England’s T20 World Cup squad, Bairstow was forced to leave after breaking his leg on his way to the tee box at Panel Golf Club, near Harrogate.

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The 32-year-old’s surprise injury is a major setback to England’s hopes of winning both the South Africa series – currently 1-1 – and the T20 World Cup in Australia.

The Yorkshire batsman has been playing a key role in England’s white-ball teams this year, scoring 1061 runs including six centuries in 10 Tests.

“Jonathan Bairstow has been ruled out for the rest of the summer and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after sustaining a lower limb injury in a freak golfing accident at Leeds on Friday. He will see a specialist next week to determine the full extent of the injury,” an England and Wales Cricket Board statement said on Friday.

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Bairstow took to Instagram to comment on the incident, which will require surgery and could be difficult to put his participation in doubt for the rest of the year.

“Unfortunately I will be unavailable for all games/tours in the near future. The reason, he wrote, was that I injured my lower leg in an accident and needed surgery.

“The injury came when I fell on the golf course this morning. I’m disappointed and I want to wish everyone at The Oval this week first of all the best and the guys who are going to Australia for the T20 World Cup. Absolutely gut-wrenching! I’ll be back …”

England’s director of cricket, Rob Key, had earlier on Friday revealed that Bairstow is set to open the T20 World Cup with Jos Buttler.

That move was prompted by the decision to drop the out-of-form Jason Roy, but England had to rethink their plans after Bairstow failed to slip in time.

Surrey’s rising star Will Jacks could be in contention to replace Bairstow in the T20 squad.

Jacks is in good form and has been included as one of the five players on the T20 tour of Pakistan this month.

The ECB said an announcement about Bairstow’s replacement in the 15-man World Cup squad would be made in due course.

Bairstow’s Yorkshire team-mate Harry Brooke could make his Test debut in South Africa in place of Bairstow at The Oval, with Ben Duquette set as cover.

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