SL v ENG 2018: England won't scrap football warm-up despite injury fears

Jonny Bairstow sustained an injury while playing football before the fourth ODI and subsequently missed the game.

Jonny Bairstow injured himself in a training session while playing football | Getty

Despite Jonny Bairstow being ruled out of the fourth ODI at Pallekele with a right ankle ligament injury picked up in the pre-training football session on Friday, October 19, England will continue to indulge in soccer, as “We love playing. It sometimes makes our day,” said all-rounder Moeen Ali. 

There has been widespread criticism of the regular practice of football but the England team management have cleared that it remains an important part of player bonding activity and helps in creating a healthy atmosphere in the dressing room, especially on a frustrating rain-hampered tour like this one. 

"There are no tackle rules, and this injury(to Jonny Bairstow) was not picked up in a tackle or contact, but tripping over himself – a general sport’s injury, not a football injury, if you will," skipper Eoin Morgan had cleared. 

Now, giving his opinion on the matter, Moeen Ali said, “I know there are people who don't like it but it's probably the first injury we've had in three years or something. It's a big part of the way we are as a team. It brings a lot of banter into the dressing room and we probably talk about the football more than cricket sometimes.”

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By Kashish Chadha - 22 Oct, 2018

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