Jonny Bairstow confirms return to the field in 2023 after undergoing successful surgery on a broken leg, shares pictures

Top-order batter Alex Hales has been named Bairstow's replacement in the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 04 October 2022 12:46 PM


England wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow has confirmed that he will be returning to the field in 2023 after suffering a horrific leg injury in a freak golfing accident as he slipped while walking to a tee box a few weeks back. The injury took away the Yorkshireman’s chance to play in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

But in an Instagram post, Bairstow revealed that he has successfully undergone surgery on the broken leg and dislocated ankle, and also posted that he will not play again this year. With an update about his injury, Bairstow on Tuesday also shared some pictures of his injured foot. 

The 33-year-old wrote, “Hello everyone… I am just writing this to give you all an update on my injury and progress. The actual injury was as such… a broken fibula in 3 places which required a plate, I dislocated my ankle which in turn meant I did my syndesmosis joint and lateral ligament along with a couple more bits. All in all, I have done a proper job on it!”

“Anyway… on the positive side, the operation went well and I am now 3 weeks post surgery and my staples have been removed. It’s now all about swelling prevention and getting my ankle moving once again. These next few weeks/couple of months are the key to the recovery.”

“As for a time scale on return to play, I’m afraid it is too early to say, the first targets in mind are getting me back on my 2 feet again and making sure it's right. One thing is for sure and that is I shall not be partaking in anything more during 2022…however, I cannot wait for what 2023 holds!! Thanks for your support as always!! JMB.”

Talking about the England squad for the World Cup, Bairstow has been replaced by top-order batter Alex Hales in the marquee tournament. The Nottinghamshire batter, who has scored 1,644 runs in 60 T20 internationals, has impressed with lots of runs for his county and said, "the last three years have probably been the best I've played in T20 cricket".

England squad for the Men's T20 World Cup: Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Travelling Reserves: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tymal Mills.


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