Injured Root leaves England tour

The Bolton News: England batsman Joe Root has broken his thumb and will return home England batsman Joe Root has broken his thumb and will return home

England batsman Joe Root has been forced to return home from the West Indies with a broken thumb - but he has not yet been ruled out of the upcoming World Twenty20.

The 23-year-old was hit on the glove while batting during England's 25-run victory over the Windies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and an X-ray has now revealed the full extent of the damage ahead of Sunday's first T20 game in Bridgetown.

A tweet published through the England and Wales Cricket Board's official account read: "Joe Root has a fractured thumb and is returning home to see a specialist. Ruled out of West Indies T20's, World T20 decision not made yet."

The top-order Yorkshireman is capable of bowling spin and, despite his injury, could feasibly do so in Bangladesh - the host country for the World T20 event that starts later this month - but England face an anxious wait over his fitness nevertheless.

Root suffered the break when taking a hit from the third ball of his innings against the Windies in Antigua, although he went on to make a century in a fifth-wicket stand of 175 with Jos Buttler.

After the series-clinching victory, England captain Stuart Broad reserved special praise for the batsman, saying: "It was an incredibly brave knock.

"He came off, and his thumb was very ugly.

"Eoin (Morgan) was going to go out after the rain break. But then two minutes before, Joe put his helmet on and stormed out.

"I think it was clear for everybody to see the discomfort he was in. To battle through that and go and get a hundred ... that's the sort of commitment and desire you want guys to have playing for England."

Ian Bell has already been added to England's T20 squad in Barbados following injuries to batsman Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales but it remains to be seen whether the ECB will call for further cover as Root returns home.

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