Overton suffers a stress fracture to his back; unlikely to play in the 2023 Ashes

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England fast bowler Jamie Overton is unlikely to bowl for long after he reportedly suffered a stress fracture in his lumbar spine. He will represent Surrey in the County Championship against New Zealand. reported back pain towards the end of the UK summer.

Overton made a memorable 97 in his first innings and he took two wickets as England took his seven-wicket victory, and as winners, he ended the streak with a 3–0 lead. rice field.

 Jamie Overton
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His last appearance was against the England Lions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23 November last year, before Ben Stokes’ side departed for the Tour of Pakistan.

He was in the Middle East ready to represent the Gulf Giants in the inaugural edition of the ongoing International League T20 (ILT20). However, he has returned home after his diagnosis and is currently consulting with experts about the nature of his injury and the course of his recovery. The UAE-based franchise already has West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. nominated as a substitute.

Due to the nature of the injury, he could be out of bowling for about six months. Because of his batting experience, he was able to show himself as a pure hitter in the shortest format after a period of rehabilitation.

However, the injury all but dashed his hopes of competing at Ashes 2023, which starts on June 16. England is unlikely to pick him unless he performs well as an all-rounder.

Since the beginning of last year, several British players have been sidelined with stress fractures in their backs. Ollie Stone, Jofra Archer, Sakib Mahmoud, and Matt Fisher all dropped out in 2022 with the same injury.

England started their tour of Pakistan at a slower pace, even considering the situation on the subcontinent. James Anderson and Olly Robinson bowled most of the over, with skipper Ben Stokes serving as the third seaman. Stuart and his brood did not get his father’s parental leave.

Even if Jamie Overton finds a way to recover in time, it will be difficult to break into the roster with the Pacer’s injury woes mostly resolved.

Jofra Archer and Olly Stone are currently playing in the SA20 league and Broad is back from vacation. As such, England would settle for Ashe’s choice within his six months.

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