Jos Buttler ruled out of England’s opening ODI against Pakistan

Jos Buttler will miss the first ODI against Pakistan because of split webbing in his left hand.

Buttler suffered the injury in England Lions’ final match against Sri Lanka A last week.

Captain Alastair Cook confirmed today that Buttler, who was unable to take part in Friday’s warm-up match between the Lions and England, is out of contention to face Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

“Unfortunately, he’s not going to make it,” Cook said.

“It’s obviously quite a bad split of the webbing, so he’s unavailable for selection – obviously for this game, and then we’ll see how it heals for the next 24 to 48 hours.

“It’s a big cut in the webbing, and the risk of it doing it again is quite high so soon after when he first did it.”

The uncapped Buttler was likely to make his ODI debut here.

“We hadn’t got that far into selection when he did it, in the last game in Sri Lanka,” he added.

“So we knew from a while back it was going to be touch and go. He put in some outstanding performances for the Lions, and put his name right in the hat.”

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