Eoin Morgan © Getty Images
Eoin Morgan © Getty Images

On Saturday, Eoin Morgan was omitted from the squad at the last minute due to groin injury from the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series, Match 3. Jos Buttler was named the stand-in captain. However, England were bundled out for 137. Australia chased the target with 27 balls to spare. Buttler top-scored with 49-ball 46 in the match. Australia assured their spot in the final of the series. Meanwhile, England still have two matches to find their berth in the final.

Even if England win one of the match, they could set a date with Australia again to settle the scores. However, looks like Buttler would have to carry forward the captaincy duties for the entire series. Morgan might continue to stay away from series as the uncertainty over his injury looms large.

Buttler confirmed the same and told cricket.com.au, “He got a little niggle yesterday in training. I don’t think we quite know the extent of it yet so we’ll wait and find out.”

Buttler, nevertheless, is confident of making it to the final, “We still have a chance to make that final. We obviously go to New Zealand now. It’ll be a nice change of scene, I think, for the England side. We haven’t showcased our ability as we know we can yet and there’s guys in that dressing room who’ll be determined to come back strong.”

England will travel to New Zealand  and would play their next match against New Zealand at Wellington on Tuesday.