Morgan’s shoulder injury rules him out of series

Eoin Morgan will miss the remainder of England’s NatWest Series campaign against India because of a shoulder injury.

The key middle-order batsman, right, has suffered a recurrence of an injury to his right shoulder which first affected him during England’s Ashes tour last winter.

England’s chief medical officer Nick Peirce said: “This is a chronic injury and predominantly affects Eoin’s diving and throwing.

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“He now requires a progression in his treatment and will undertake further specialist assessment in the next week before a decision on his forthcoming treatment will be determined.”

England were looking to better 187-8 last night after Ajinkya Rahane served notice again of his potential as a rising star for India.

Rahane (54) added a maiden one-day international half-century, at only his second attempt, to a 50 on Twenty20 debut a week ago as India put a challenging total on the board in this second NatWest Series match at the Rose Bowl, reduced to 23 overs per side under lights after rain delayed the start until 7pm.

Graeme Swann (3-33) did his best to put the brakes on the scoring rate.

But Rahane, his opening partner Parthiv Patel and Rahul Dravid put India in a promising position – after being asked to bat first – and then Suresh Raina did the rest with 40 from only 19 deliveries.

James Anderson was effective with the new ball.

It was he who saw off Patel, after the left-hander had got India off to a flying start with a rush of three boundaries and two leg-side sixes – scoring 28 of the first 30 runs as Tim Bresnan (3-43) tried unsuccessfully to discomfort him with the short ball. Patel got a faint edge behind. But with Stuart Broad also banging the ball in short, Rahane soon cashed in too, smashing a six many rows into the crowd.

He and Dravid gave India the perfect platform in a stand of 79 from 11 overs, until the latter smeared one off Swann to straight midwicket to Anderson.

Virat Kohli fell in the cause, picking out long-on off Swann, only to return soon afterwards as Rahane’s runner.

The latter had reached his 50 before a leg injury appeared to compromise his movement, and he soon chipped a drive back at Swann.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘helicopter’ shot misfired, for a catch at long-on off Bresnan. But Raina punished Jade Dernbach with some huge hits.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that Kent’s match against Glamorgan later this month will be the first day-night championship fixture and will be played using a pink ball.

Trials involving the pink ball have been ongoing since it was first used in a first-class fixture in March 2010, when champion county Durham took on the MCC in Abu Dhabi.

MCC have been instrumental in testing and developing the ball and hope that if it is used successfully in domestic fixtures such as the LV= County Championship game at Canterbury on September 12, it will be fast-tracked to facilitate day/night Test cricket.

Kent and Glamorgan, who will wear traditional white clothing, will play between the hours of 2pm and 9pm.