Olly Stone
Olly Stone (AFP Photo)

England fast bowler Olly Stone has suffered a stress fracture in his lower back, his county Warwickshire confirmed on Wednesday.

Stone, originally part of the England Test squad for the West Indies tour, was sent home after injuring his back and was subsequently replaced by Mark Wood.

“We’re bitterly disappointed for Olly who has already had his fair share of injury heartache,” Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton said.”Getting himself into the England set-up was a great achievement so the timing of this setback is a tough one for him.”

He continued, “The science and medical staff at Warwickshire will work closely with Olly, in partnership with the England medical team, and hopefully we can have him back to bowling as soon as possible.”

Stone made is ODI debut in October last year against Sri Lanka and went on to play four out of the five matches. He picked up a wicket with only the seventh delivery of his international career.
In June 2016, Stone had hurt his knee while celebrating a wicket while playing for Northamptonshire in the T20 Blast. He had damaged anterior cruciate ligament after dismissing Moeen Ali. He spent a significant time on the sidelines while attaining full fitness while sealing a move to Warwickshire.

In his 34 first-class matches so far, Stone has 116 wickets at 24.21 while in 30 List A games, he has 24 wickets. He has also played 42 T20s and taken 33 scalps in them.