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England suffer Bopara injury setback

England will be without Ravi Bopara for the forthcoming World Twenty20 tournament due to a dislocated and broken thumb.

The 22-year-old Essex all-rounder will also miss the remaining one-day clashes in the current series with India.

Bopara suffered the injury in the fifth one-day international against India at Headingley which saw the tourists claim a 38-run win and cut Paul Collingwood's side's lead down to 3-2.

Meanwhile, England coach Peter Moores is hoping Andrew Flintoff does not have to compromise his all-action style in a bid to prolong his career.

The talismanic all-rounder missed the Headingley defeat after experiencing more discomfort in his troublesome left ankle.

There is concern over the stress Flintoff places on his body when he lands in delivery, but Moores said: "That is all for the future. At the moment it is his style of cricket that makes him Andrew Flintoff. He gets involved in the game and that brings the best out of him. It is what makes him a special cricketer."

Moores continued: "It will be very difficult for him to change his style because of his competitive nature, and hopefully with what is happening with the ankle he won't need to, so that he can carry on playing this style of cricket for England for a long time to come."

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