England batsman Joe Root has expressed his disappointment at breaking his thumb in eight separate places by posting a picture on his Facebook page.
The 23-year-old has been ruled out of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh this month whilst he will also be on the side-line for the opening of the County season after suffering the injury to his right hand.
Remarkably, the injury was sustained while the Yorkshireman was sitting on just one run in Antigua. However, he went on to complete his maiden One Day International century then followed that by taking a wicket in three overs in opening the bowling.
It was only then that Root came off the field thanks to the blow on the glove from a rising Ravi Rampaul delivery which was only the third ball he faced on his way to a 122 ball 107, an innings which included seven boundaries as he batted through the pain.
He has since flown home, with Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell replacing him in the squad for the World Cup which starts on March 22nd for England when they face New Zealand.
Root had previously taken to social media to express his disappointment at missing the tournament by tweeting on Monday:
“Bitterly disappointed I'm unable to make the World Cup! Want to wish the boys the best of luck and have every confidence in the whole squad.”
England have not impressed without the exciting youngster after falling behind 2-0 in the three game T20 series in Barbados before flying to Asia on Friday. Whilst the country prepare for the World Cup, Root will aim to get fit for Yorkshire but he will certainly miss the opening two four-day games in a bid to claim a spot in the England Test team for the summer against Sri Lanka and India.
On Wednesday afternoon, Root, revealed the extent of the damage to his thumb by posting a picture of an x-ray on his Facebook page with the caption: “Thumb not looking too clever! #SixNotSoHappyWeeks”
The Official England Cricket Facebook account then shared the picture whilst asking for well-wishers to comment on Root's page with his post inundated with supporters wishing him a speedy recovery.
The talented batsman could make his comeback in a County Championship Division One clash against Middlesex at Lord’s. If so, it would be the first time Root has returned to the home of cricket since he scored 180 in a man of the match performance against Australia in the 2013 Ashes.
There is no doubt a Lord’s comeback will be used as strong motivation for Root who has seen his profile rise rapidly since his England debut against India 15 months ago.