Olly Stone | Picture: ECB.co.uk

Warwickshire seamer Olly Stone will spend the next two weeks on the sidelines after suffering an injury to his left lower back during training at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Stone was in action for Birmingham Bears in a Natwest T20 blast match against Notts on August 2.

The 25-year-old Stone will miss the next two Tests and becomes the latest injury casualty of England’s Ashes campaign, with Anderson and Mark Wood already sidelined due to injuries.

Anderson bowled just 4 overs in the first test, which England lost by 251 runs.

Earlier, Wood was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a left knee injury.

Stone was firm favorite to replace the injured Anderson for the second Test.

“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,” said Warwickshire’s Sports director.

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

Injury to Stone and Anderson has now opened the door for Sam Curran and Jofra Archer, who was also in action earlier this week, playing for Sussex’s reserves squad to maintain fitness level.

Stone his made his Test debut for England against Ireland and bagged 3 wickets. The right-arm pacer also has a decent first-class record, with 126 wickets from 37 matches including six 5-wicket hauls.





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