England bowlers Jimmy Anderson and Olly Stone have been ruled out of the Second Ashes Test against Australia due to injury.
The two nations will meet in the Second Ashes Test from 14-18 August at Lord’s.
Anderson injured his calf early in the First Test, with England confirming he wouldn’t be available for the Second Test.
Warwickshire seamer Stone, who was part of England’s 14-man squad for the First Test and loomed as Anderson’s replacement, has now been added to the injury list.
Stone injured his back at England training at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
“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 reoccurrence of his back injury,” Warwickshire Sport Director Paul Farbrace said.
“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.”
Anderson’s injury has the 37-year-old looking down the barrel of missing the entire Ashes but he’s not giving up hope of returning.
“It’s hard to say when I might play again but it won’t be for a while,” Anderson told The Sun.
“My focus now is to get better and try everything possible to play a role later in the series.
“I’m sure there will come a point where other bowlers either get injured or need a rest.”
Jofra Archer and Sam Curran loom as England’s best options to replace Anderson in the Second Test.