England have suffered yet another injury blow after Joe Root was ruled out of their ICC World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh after fracturing his thumb against West Indies.
The Yorkshire batsman was struck by a Ravi Rampaul delivery in just the third ball of his innings in Antigua but battled on to make 107 as England claimed a 25-run victory last week.
But after returning to England to undergo further scans the ECB have confirmed that Root will not be included in the squad that gets underway against New Zealand on March 22.
Experienced international Ian Bell has been called up as a replacement for the tournament, which begins on 16 March.
In Root's absence, England suffered a 27-run defeat to West Indies in the first of three Twenty20 internationals in Barbados on Sunday.
England have further injury concerns after it was confirmed that skipper Stuart Broad will miss the final two matches of the West Indies series after aggravating a knee problem in Sunday's defeat.
The England captain has been suffering from patellar tendonitis and may be given injections to speed up his recovery.
"I've had a patellar tendonitis problem in my right knee for quite a long time," Broad was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
"With the workload I've had all winter I've not really had any breaks, so it's got worse and worse.
"I just caught my knee in the sandy ground at Antigua and got a lot of inflammation and fluid on it. It was touch and go today, but I won't be playing the next two games, and I'll have to have some kind of injection to get me through the World Twenty20, I'd think."