Back injury likely to rule Roland-Jones out of Ashes

Back injury likely to rule Roland-Jones out of Ashes

Thursday saw Hameed resume his innings in a bid to stave off defeat but he was left not out as Middlesex completed a 36-run win.

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.

Handed his test debut against South Africa at The Oval in July, Roland-Jones has taken 17 wickets in his first four matches.

Roland-Jones had looked a near certainty to be named in the travelling squad after success in England's Test series this summer.

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

England's high-profile winter begins when they leave for Australia on October 28.

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

Other pace options include Nottinghamshire's, Jake Ball, and uncapped Somerset bowler, Craig Overton.

The England selectors, who are expected to meet next week to draw up the squad for the upcoming Ashes, would anxiously wait on an update on the extent of Hameed's injury.