England captain Eoin Morgan has X-ray on injured finger

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       Michael Atherton says it was the right call to pick Liam Dawson in the England squad

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However, the hosts were in for a blow as their skipper Eoin Morgan sustained a finger injury during a catching drill ahead of his team's warm-up match against Australia in Southampton on Saturday. The clash will be among the World Cup red-hot favorites English side and Aussies, who have made a great comeback in cricket from the start of this year.

The England captain and left-handed batsman was struck on the hand while taking catches from a bowling machine as his side prepared to take on Australia in a warm-up match in Southampton today. He has suffered a small fracture to his left index finger.

European Central Bank released a short statement soon after the skipper was rushed to the hospital.

Morgan, 32, was one of 14 players preparing at Hampshire's ground, with Joe Root absent on personal business. England will play their first game of the quadrennial event on May 30 when they take on four-time semi-finalists South Africa at London's Kennington Oval. "It's very good news", added Morgan.

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Morgan became England captain in 2015 and has been key in implementing his side's attacking approach, which has lifted them to the top of the one-day global rankings.

He has played 222 ODIs and averages 39.64, with 12 tons and 45 half-centuries to his name.

England spinner Liam Dawson did not witness the incident but said the consensus from his team-mates was the Dublin-born left-hander's injury was not serious.

"I think the thing with a broken finger is that it hurts a lot in the nets but once you get out in the game with the adrenalin going it's not too much of an issue normally".

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