Ashes 2019: England fast bowler Olly Stone ruled out of 2nd Test with back injury

England have been dealt a major blow after Olly Stone, who picked three wickets against Ireland, has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test. James Anderson and Jofra Archer are also unfit, with the former being ruled out of the match at Lord's.
Ashes 2019: England fast bowler Olly Stone ruled out of 2nd Test with back injuryAshes 2019: England fast bowler Olly Stone ruled out of 2nd Test with back injury
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After James Anderson was ruled out of the second Ashes Test due to injury, fast bowler Olly Stone too is a non-starter after suffering a back injury ahead of the second Test that starts at Lord's next week. 

He is suffering from a lower back strain, his club said today.

"It's really disappointing for Olly that he's been ruled out of action for such an important two weeks of cricket because of a recurrence of his back injury," Paul Farbrace, Sport Director at Warwickshire CCC, said on the club's website here

"At the moment there's a bit of inflammation, but he will undergo a scan later this afternoon so that we know the full course of treatment that he can undertake with the club's medical team and with the support of the ECB.

"In the meantime, he needs to rest up before he can get his body strong again and ready to deal with the demands of being a fast bowler."

The 25-year old took three wickets against Ireland in his debut Test match and was called up for the Ashes side for the first Test. However, he did not get a game. England lost the match by a massive margin of 251 runs and need to be at their best if they want to draw level. 

England are also sweating over the fitness of Jofra Archer, who has a side strain. However, he seems well on course to play the next game and make his Test debut next week, after picking up 6 wickets for Sussex second XI on Tuesday.

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