Ashes 2017: England's Toby Roland-Jones in doubt for Australia tour after back injury rules him out of summer

Roland-Jones has enjoyed a successful start to his international career, taking 5-57 in his first Test innings against South Africa at The Oval in July.

AFP, September 22, 2017

London: England seamer Toby Roland-Jones is in danger of missing out on the Ashes tour of Australia, after his county Middlesex announced Friday a stress fracture of the back will rule him out of the rest of the domestic season.

England's Toby Roland-Jones in action on Day 4 of the 4th Test against South Africa at Old Trafford. AFP

File image of Toby Roland-Jones. AFP

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a successful start to his international career, taking 5-57 in his first Test innings against South Africa at The Oval in July.

"Middlesex Cricket are extremely disappointed to announce that the result of the medical scan which Toby undertook yesterday (Thursday) has revealed that he has a stress fracture in his L5 vertebra (lower back), which will mean that he will take no further part in the domestic season for Middlesex," said a statement.

Roland-Jones — who spearheaded Middlesex's championship-winning campaign last season — has taken 17 wickets in four Tests at an average of 19.64.

England will announce their Ashes squad on Wednesday, with the first Test starting in Brisbane on 23 November.

Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017





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