London: Toby Roland-Jones will be missing from England’s Ashes squad after a scan has revealed that the Middlesex seamer has sustained a stress fracture in his lower back. The injury to the 29-year-old’s L5 vertebra means he will take no further part in the domestic season for his county Middlesex.
Roland-Jones impressed on his breakthrough into the England Test team this summer, taking 17 wickets in four matches against South Africa and West Indies.
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The first Test at the Gabba starting on November 23 sits nine weeks into a recovery time of between six and 12, meaning Roland-Jones will surely be targeting a return for the back end of the series at best, reports the Guardian.
It is highly probable that in Roland-Jones’s absence, Steven Finn and Jake Ball will find a place in the squad behind the first-choice seamers Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.
The England selectors will announce the squad for the Ashes tour to Australia at the Oval next Wednesday.
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