Roland-Jones an Ashes doubt after suffering stress fracture

Toby Roland Jones is set to miss England's Ashes tour of Australia due to a back injury

England pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones is unlikely to take part in the upcoming Ashes series in Australia as he has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Haseeb Hameed has become the latest Ashes hopeful to suffer an injury in the Specsavers County Championship clash between Middlesex and Lancashire at Lord's this week. The injury means he will definitely miss the rest of the domestic season and is likely to be out of action for at least eight weeks.

England name their squad for the five-Test series next Wednesday at The Oval.

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Roland-Jones was one of the stars of England's recent Test series victories over South Africa and West Indies, making a fine start to his global career by taking 17 wickets in four Tests at an average of 19.64.

"We were two bowlers down with Toby Roland-Jones and Ollie Rayner off the park with side strains, so for Finny to stand up and lead our attack the way he did was magnificent".

Middlesex banked 20 points for their win, while Lancashire took three after their third defeat of the summer. He had rhythm, his pace was up, and his areas were good. "I'm content with where my game's at so it's really up to the selectors now to see who goes Down Under", the pacer said.


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