Josh Inglis suffers a freak golf injury ahead of T20 World Cup

Josh Inglis is left BLOODIED and sent to hospital after he suffered a freak golf injury on the eve of the T20 World Cup in a bitter blow to Australia ahead of opening game against New Zealand

  • Josh Inglis went to hospital after he suffered a freak golf injury on Wednesday
  • The Australian cricket team was given the morning off ahead of the World Cup 
  • However, a golf club snapped in his hand, leaving him bloodied and distressed
  • The severity of the injury is unclear but it serves as a bitter blow for the Aussies 

Josh Inglis is being assessed by Australia’s medical staff after a freak golf accident handed the hosts another headache just days out from the Twenty20 World Cup.

Inglis was taken to hospital on Wednesday, with Cricket Australia confirming a golf club snapped and left him with a bloody hand while he was out playing with teammates in Sydney.

The incident is believed to have happened while Inglis was playing a shot, and left him in considerable pain and in need of medical attention.

Josh Inglis suffered a freak injury just days out from Australia’s first World Cup game

The back-up wicketkeeper’s right hand was being assessed by medical staff on Wednesday evening, ahead of a decision on his availability for the tournament.

Under ICC rules, teams can carry 15 members in their squad, with replacements only available if they come in for the duration of a tournament.

Inglis was not expected to play in Australia’s opener against New Zealand on Saturday night but would be the first man to come into the side if Matthew Wade suffers an injury or requires a concussion substitute in a match.

Inglis’ (right) hand was bloodied after a golf club snapped in his hand on Wednesday morning (pictured with Glenn Maxwell in June)

The injury is the latest in a challenging build up for the defending champions.

Ashton Agar only made his return from a side strain in Tuesday’s warm-up game against India, while Mitch Marsh is yet to bowl in earnest on his injured ankle.

Marcus Stoinis has also had to overcome a side strain in the lead up to the tournament.

Australia lost three of their four World Cup lead-in games, with the other washed out against England last week.

The severity of Inglis’ injury remains unclear in what is a blow to the world champions

But legspinner Adam Zampa was insistent on Wednesday those defeats should not be considered as a fair representation of the team’s form.

“The intensity of the cricket we have played recently has probably dropped slightly due to the fact we know how close that World Cup is,” Zampa said.

“Nothing gets the juices flowing like having a trophy there for the taking.

“We always want to perform our best when playing for Australia – you will see a few pumped boys for the World Cup.”

If Inglis’ injury is considered too serious, Test wicketkeeper Alex Carey would loom as the most likely next pick given he still wears the gloves in the 50-over format.

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