England seamer Olly Stone has been ruled out of the West Indies Test series with a back injury.
Stone reported stiffness in his lower left back after taking part in a light practice session on Sunday and scans in Barbados revealed a stress injury.
The 25-year-old had been hoping to make his Test debut in the three-match series but was told his tour was over.
“Following the result of scans, Olly Stone has sustained a bone stress injury to the left lower back. He will return home from the Caribbean later this week and have further tests in the UK,” said a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The Warwickshire bowler’s career has been beset by injuries. He sat out 18 months with a cruciate ligament injury and has played just 34 first-class matches since making his debut in 2012.
An awful lot of England players average 30-odd recently.
Jofra Archer getting his England Test cap was a lovely thing.
Virat Kohli scoring another hundred, obviously.
Sri Lanka trail by 22 runs with three first-innings wickets in hand…
Should be better than day one, anyway.
All hail the bits and pieces cricketer, the poor unloved cousin of the all-rounder.
Justin Langer fears it’s “not humanly possible” for Pat Cummins to play all five Tests.
Back to the drawing board lads.
England’s hopes are entirely in the hands of Jofra Archer once again, it seems…