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The England Cricketers injured playing football

An injury can happen in any sport.

Football, rugby, tennis even darts has its fair share of absentees through a various degree of injuries hampering a player’s ability to take to the field.

That is accepted as part-and-parcel of any sport but not when a player gets injured whilst during practising another sport – that is just silly.

However, that is something that appears to have befallen a number of cricketers over the years especially when playing football in training and it can have a detrimental effect on the odds of a contest with online sports sites such as needing to react quickly to the sudden change in batting/bowling line up of a team.

So, who are the cricketers who have taken a knock whilst playing the beautiful game and ended up missing important matches in their own sport?

Jonny Bairstow

England’s talented wicketkeeper/batsman is indispensable these days but as recently as October last year, the 29-year-old was forced to miss a One-Day International against Sri Lanka after twisting his ankle whilst enjoying a kickabout with his team mates in Colombo.

Bairstow is an integral part of the England setup now especially as the three lions aim to win back in the Ashes in the midst of the gruelling tournament.

Any such injury now could prove pivotal now with so much Ashes cricket still to be played.

Joe Denly

Jonny Bairstow is not the only member of the current England setup to injury himself whilst playing football.

Ten years ago, batsman Joe Denly suffered a knee injury at the Oval whilst training with the England cricket team.

Denly was a promising Kent opener at the time and close to the England test team. However, injury set him back a little in that respect although he did make his ODI debut in that year.

It would not be until 2019 that Denly would make his test debut for the three lions and is a vital cog in the current ashes set up.

The football injury Denly suffered is somewhat ironic as Denly was a talented footballer with Charlton Athletic reportedly interested in signing him.

However, he opted to stick with cricket, and it has proven a wise choice.

James Anderson

England’s greatest ever bowler was on Tour with the three lions in 2008 in Wellington, New Zealand when after a day’s play in the second test against the Black Caps, England were having a warm down kickaround.

Anderson was involved and went over the ball and turned his ankle in the process.

He hobbled back to the hotel on crutches that night but managed to recover overnight to bowl 15 overs the next day.

Ian Bell

In July 2009, batsman and bowler Ian Bell had just earned himself a recall to the Test side after being dropped following a game in Jamaica.

However, he almost couldn’t take up the recall after doing the same as James Anderson and turning his ankle during a 5-a-side game.

Much like Anderson, there was no lasting damage and Bell proceeded to score a knock of 53.

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