Ashes blow for Roland-Jones

Haseeb Hameed

Haseeb Hameed

England's Ashes preparations have been dealt a blow with the news that seamer Toby Roland-Jones has suffered a stress fracture in his back.

Roland-Jones pulled up with a back injury during Middlesex's championship win over Lancashire this week and his county confirmed on Friday that scans showed a stress fracture in his L5 vertebra.

His county subsequently issued a brief statement con- firming an injury which has a typical recovery time of between six and 12 weeks.

It is understood the injury leaves Roland-Jones out of contention to be named in the squad next Wednesday, with the first Ashes Test only two months away - nearly to the day, in Brisbane on November 23.

Hameed made his England debut on the tour of India last winter, hitting 82 in his second innings in Rajkot and then 59 not with a broken finger on his left hand in the third Test at Mohali batting at No 8.

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.

Durham's, Mark Wood, is also a possible doubt for the tour with a heel injury.

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