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Eoin Morgan expected to be fit in time for World Cup opener

England captain Eoin Morgan is expected to be fit in time for the hosts' World Cup opener against South Africa after he suffered a "small fracture" to his left index finger during a practice session on Friday.

Morgan was practising at the Ageas Bowl ahead of unofficial World Cup warm-up against Australia when he took a blow during catching drills.

There was relatively good news for Morgan after an X-ray showed the damage wasn't as bad as feared.

"England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture to his left index finger," an ECB statement said.

"He will not take part in the match (against Australia), but is expected to make a full recovery and be available for England's opening ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday, May 30."