England have confirmed that Eoin Morgan will miss the ICC World Cup with a broken finger. Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara replaces him in the squad.
Morgan, who bats left-handed, had been considered a doubt since flying home from the One Day International series with Australia after an x-ray revealed a fracture on the middle finger of his his left hand.
The injury was sustained during the fourth ODI and worsened over the next two fixtures, forcing the 24-year-old to return home ahead of the final fixture.
After meeting with a specialist on his return to the UK it was revealed that the fracture extends up to the knuckle of the finger - increasing the likelihood of dislocation and possible surgery.
With that news confirmed Morgan was removed from England's World Cup squad, replaced by Essex's Bopara.
Bopara is currently playing for England Lions in the West Indies' domestic four day competition.
The all-rounder has played 54 ODIs for England the last of which was against Pakistan at The Oval in 2010.
Morgan is the first casualty of the original 15-man squad, though changes to the bowling personnel could also take place ahead of England’s opening game on February 22.
The mercurial right-hander has had a stop start international career since his ODI debut against Australia in 2007.
The 25-year-old’s talent has never been questioned but doubts about his application, alongside the unsettling effect of being moved about the batting order, have been to his detriment.
His Test career briefly ignited against the West Indies, against whom he made three successive centuries, home and away, in 2009.
Bopara struggled during that year's Ashes series though, losing his place to Jonathan Trott for the final Test at the Oval.
He was controversially left out of both the England and England Lions squads to tour Australia this winter but played some domestic cricket for the Dolphins franchise in South Africa.
Bopara has World Cup experience from four years ago in the West Indies but has big shoes to fill. Morgan had quickly established himself as England’s most destructive one day batsman.