England captain Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the remaining two matches of the ODI series against India after sustaining a thumb injury. The England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday announced that Jos Buttler will lead the team in Morgan’s absence.

Morgan suffered a split webbing between his thumb and index finger during the first ODI against England, as he required four stitches to the injury.

The ECB also announced that Liam Livingstone will make his ODI debut in the second match of the series on Friday in Pune.

Sam Billings, who injured his collarbone following an awkward dive to stop a boundary in the opening match, is also ruled out from the 2nd ODI while a call on his participation in the last match will be taken in due course.

Morgan took part in the training session on Thursday at the MCA Stadium and after the fielding drill, he declared himself unfit for the upcoming matches.

“I had the hand re-dressed before the start of training today but it quickly became apparent that I found myself protecting the injury and getting into the wrong positions to catch the ball,” Morgan stated as per quotes by ECB.

“There’s nowhere to hide on the field in international cricket these days, especially in limited-over formats so it didn’t require any great thought to make myself unavailable.”

Morgan said it is a freak injury and he can’t do anything about to it as he also showed confidence in Buttler to lead the team in upcoming matches.

“It was a freak injury and it’s extremely frustrating but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s now just a case of letting the cut heal. I have every confidence in Jos and the rest of the squad coping without me.”