England and Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture on his lower back. The injury resurfaced once again which he initially suffered during the tour of West Indies earlier this year which kept him out of action for some time.

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Stone made a comeback to the Test team when England played Ireland in a one-off Test leading to the Ashes series. Olly Stone claimed three wickets in that game and impressed one and all with his consistent pace. As a result, the selectors drafted him in the Ashes squad for the first Test but failed to make the cut for the Edgbaston and was released later on. It is learnt that the right-arm fast bowler aggravated his injury thereafter in training. The injury ruled him out of the Lord’s Test and now will miss the remainder of the season.

Olly Stone. Credit: Getty Images

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Paul Farbrace, director of Warwickshire, seemed devastated to miss the star pacer for the rest of the season. He also said that Olly Stone looked in good shape and was pipped to play a crucial role for England and Warwickshire. Stone enjoyed a stellar 2018 season for the club, picking up 43 wickets from seven County games at an average of 12.20. His three fifers over the course of this run helped Warwickshire top the Division Two standings and thereby clinched promotion to the first division for this year.

“Olly had such a fantastic season in 2018 and looked set to play an important role for England as well as ourselves this summer after making his Test debut just two weeks ago. We’re obviously gutted to lose him just over a month after returning to senior cricket,” Farbrace said.

Meanwhile, the absence of Olly Stone will be a massive setback for Warwickshire as they lure seventh in the table with only two wins from ten matches.

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