Soon after finishing an unorthodox training routine on Tuesday in which he carried colleague Sam Curran on his shoulders, England batter Jonny Bairstow became questionable for the first Twenty20 match against South Africa due to an injury.

On his left knee, Bairstow had ice packs and braces as he departed Bristol’s Seat Unique Stadium during a training session on Tuesday.

A decision regarding the 32-year-old Bairstow’s participation in the first T20 match on Wednesday against the Proteas has not been made, but he was walking in difficulty on his way back to the locker room. Given that he played back-to-back games on successive nights, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bairstow sit out the opening game if there was any lingering pain.

As they were slated to take on India when Bairstow was off, Phil Salt and Harry Brook would bat in the middle order if that were the case.

Although the precise cause of Bairstow’s injury is unknown, information may have been revealed by a teammate called Reece Topley’s Instagram video. The picture in the tweet depicts Bairstow walking lunging in the gym while toting Curran behind him. Bairstow scowled as he completed the task.

Bairstow has enjoyed a career-best summer playing for the test team. He is an essential element of the England team.