Billy Stanlake © Getty Images
Billy Stanlake © Getty Images

Billy Stanlake who suffered a cut in the opening ODI between England  and Australia might have to sit out in the second ODI on June 16. This is not the first time Stanlake has had issues with his toe. He suffered a similar kind of injury start of the summer.

“It just started off as an open wound on the top of my toe purely from bowling,” Stanlake told cricket.com.au of the injury he suffered. “It gradually got worse and worse. I couldn’t walk on it, it got pretty serious. I was in hospital for four days and needed surgery. I don’t think I was that far off losing it. I think if (the infection) had gotten into the bone or the tendons, I might have been in some serious trouble,” he added.

Stanlake who was seen ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2018 due to finger injury returned to his home side. He caused trouble to the English batsmen in the first ODI with his raw pace picking up 2 for 44. He dismissed Jason Roy for duck and the well set Joe Root for 50.

However, he was seen in the practice sessions at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff ahead of the second ODI where coach Justin Langer  mainly focused on fielding and fitness. With Stanlake missing the game Jhye Richardson might get a chance in the playing XI.