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Morgan will lead England with Broad injured.
Morgan will lead England with Broad injured..

England will have to replicate the ODI series if they are to leave the Caribbean with two series wins after losing the opening T20 game by 27 runs in Barbados.

They will have to do so without captain Stuart Broad who confirmed he will play no further part in the tour due to a knee complaint he has been suffering with all winter so Eoin Morgan will take over the reins.

The fast bowler has been diagnosed with patella tendinitis in his right knee which he has been managing over recent months which has included taking injections and the Nottinghamshire player will continue to do while resting over the next 10 days ahead of the World Cup opener.

Without Broad, England must improve after their disappointing performance at the Kensington Oval, the same place they lifted the 2010 T20 World Cup. After winning the toss, the hosts posted a commanding score of 170-3 which included a superb innings of 69 not out from Marlon Samuels.

It wasn’t just Samuels that proved to be a thorn in Ashley Giles’ side with the returning Chris Gayle plundering 43 runs after finding his feet at Bridgetown. Dwayne Smith and Andre Russell also chipped in with important 20s with the wickets being picked up by slow bowlers. James Tredwell picked up one while Ravi Bopara took the others with both finishing as England’s most economical bowlers.

Questions were then raised over the fitness of Broad as he only bowled two overs for 26 and those questions intensified when he limped his way back to the pavilion after being run out for just five runs off 12 balls with the bat.

He then faced the media after the defeat where he confirmed he will not feature in the remaining two T20s on tour as he told ecb.co.uk.

"I've had it all winter. It's just been a managing thing all winter, but obviously the workload has been quite heavy for me - and it's gradually got a little bit worse,” admitted Broad.

"I caught my knee in the sand in (the one-day series in) Antigua, which has brought a lot of fluid into it.

"So there's not much movement in there, and I'll be missing the next two Twenty20s to have an injection to get right for the warm-up games in Bangladesh."

"I'll have to have a rehab period at some stage in the next 12 months, between six to 10 weeks,” he added.

"But there's a decent period at the end of the English season which I can look at probably - or maybe four weeks in April. But it won't put me in doubt for the (Twenty20) World Cup.

"It's just got to the stage at the minute where I can't move, so I need to treat it before then. It's something I need to try to get rid of."

England do have a number of options to replace their skipper with left arm spinner Stephen Parry a likely option after impressing in the recent 50 over series. Fast bowlers Chris Jordan and Harry Gurney could also play but with spin playing a prominent role in England’s demise it is thought Giles may choose to play West Indies at their own game.

Only Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan managed to get out of their teens on Sunday with Bopara reaching 42 before being caught and bowled by Dwayne Bravo while Bresnan top scored with 47 not out with the tourists ending up on 143-9.

The second T20 starts at 6pm GMT on Tuesday before the final game of the tour on Thursday which will also be played at the same venue in Barbados. England then fly out to Bangladesh via London to compete in the World Cup with their opening game against New Zealand on Saturday March 22nd.

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T20 World Cup
T20
Cricket
England cricket
West Indies cricket
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