England’s promising pace bowler Josh Tongue, who snared five crucial wickets against Australia in the Ashes, has been sidelined due to an injury, thus ruling him out of the upcoming T20 series against New Zealand.
At the age of 25, Tongue had been set to make his white-ball debut for England this season, especially after showcasing his skills in Test cricket against teams like Ireland and Australia. Unfortunately, that milestone will have to wait.
Taking Tongue’s spot in the lineup is none other than England’s T20 wicket-taking legend Chris Jordan. The switcheroo will be in effect for the four-game series, kicking off this Wednesday at the famed Chester-Le-Street grounds.
Adding insult to injury—quite literally—Tongue’s physical setback also nudges him out of contention for the Manchester Originals in their eliminator match against Southern Brave in The Hundred tournament this Saturday.
The Worcestershire native had earlier taken a total of 10 wickets across two Tests this season, wowing fans and critics alike with his exceptional ball bounce and wicked movement off the pitch.
Josh Tongue is now the second rookie bowler, along with John Turner, to have to pull out of the squad due to injury. Talk about a season of bad breaks for England’s emerging talents!
As for those who’d like to catch the England-New Zealand T20 action live, mark your calendars for September 1 and 3. Both games will be broadcast live on BBC TV and can be streamed via BBC iPlayer.
Rounding out England’s T20 roster against the Kiwis are: Jos Buttler as captain, followed by Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, and Luke Wood.
So whether it’s the aches and sprains sidelining our rookies or Chris Jordan swooping in like cricket’s version of a superhero, one thing’s for sure: this T20 series promises a lot of fireworks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about England vs New Zealand T20 series
Who is replacing Josh Tongue in England’s T20 series against New Zealand?
Chris Jordan, who holds the record for most wickets taken by an English player in T20s, will be replacing Josh Tongue for the four-match series against New Zealand.
Why is Josh Tongue not playing in the upcoming T20 series?
Josh Tongue has been ruled out due to an injury, forcing him to sit out not only for England’s T20 series against New Zealand but also for the Manchester Originals in The Hundred tournament.
Where will the T20 series between England and New Zealand take place?
The T20 series will kick off at Chester-Le-Street, and it comprises four matches.
When does the T20 series between England and New Zealand start?
The series starts this Wednesday, and two of the matches will be aired live on September 1 and 3.
How can fans watch the second and third T20 matches?
Fans can watch the matches live on BBC TV and also stream them via BBC iPlayer.
Who else is part of the England T20 squad against New Zealand?
The squad features Jos Buttler as captain, along with Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, and Luke Wood.
Is Josh Tongue the only player to pull out due to injury?
No, he joins fellow rookie bowler John Turner in pulling out of the squad due to injuries.
What kind of impact has Josh Tongue had this season?
Prior to his injury, Josh Tongue impressed fans and critics by taking 10 wickets in two Tests earlier in the season. He exhibited notable bounce and movement off the pitch.
What other matches will Josh Tongue miss apart from the T20 series?
Josh Tongue will also be missing for the Manchester Originals in their eliminator match against Southern Brave in The Hundred tournament.