England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler undergoes an X-ray after injuring his left hand during Lancashire’s T20 Blast win against Worcestershire on Friday.
Buttler was hit by the ball while trying to stop a Luis Reece delivery. It now appears that he has broken his left thumb.
But it didn’t hold back the 25-year-old smashing Lancashire’s fastest-ever T20 fifty, off just 20 balls, at New Road.
“I don’t want to speculate, but it’s a nasty knock. Once we get it X-rayed, we’ll know,” said Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles, who saw his side win for the fourth time in 10 North Group matches to boost their quarter-final hopes.
Buttler plundered four sixes and seven fours in his 57 as the holders chased down their 199-run target in 18.1 overs.
His match-winning innings came three days after his unbeaten 73 in England’s T20 win over Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl.
“He did make a comment that he doesn’t use his top hand anyway,” Giles told BBC Radio Lancashire. “He played beautifully. He now opens the batting as well. What doesn’t he do?”
As beautifully as Buttler batted, he did it on a postage stamp playing area at New Road primed for run-scoring.
Worcester posted 198 all out, including a recovery from 99-5. Ben Cox even hit five fours and a six off Stephen Parry in the 15th over on the way to 44 off 21 balls.
Buttler then took centre stage by smashing three sixes and two fours off New Zealand international seamer Matt Henry in the fifth over.
He and Alviro Petersen (34 off 20) put on 94 in 5.4 overs for the first wicket, with 98 runs coming in the first six overs of power play.
That is a record score in any T20 match played in England, domestic or international.
Karl Brown then steered Lancashire home with 62 not out off 40 balls, his highest score of the season.
“We just need to keep winning now,” added Giles. “I said to the guys before the game ‘It’s a knockout now and we’ve got to play as if it’s last 16’. We just have to keep going.”
Buttler went for an x-ray immediately after the match, with concerns now raised that he may be set for a spell on the sidelines. Lancashire had been hoping he would now have an extended run in the side in all formats of the game after he was left out of England’s Test squad for the opening match against Pakistan next week.