Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a tibial bone stress fracture in his right leg.
Starc was on Friday ruled out of the fourth Test against South Africa, with Chad Sayers coming into the side to make his debut.
It has emerged that left-arm arm paceman Starc will fly home after the series for further injury investigation and assessment instead of linking up with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.
Starc is the third Australian in as many days to be ruled out of the tournament after the BCCI banned Steve Smith and David Warner, who were both caught up in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.
The 28-year-old Starc last played in the lucrative IPL in 2015 when he lined up in a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore side but injuries have made him miss the last two seasons.
Starc is one the best T20 bowlers in world cricket, having taken 127 wickets in 85 matches at an average of 17.44.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.