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Big blow to England ahead of Ashes series

Big blow to England ahead of Ashes series

England’s hopes in the upcoming Ashes series have taken a blow with the news that spinner Jack Leach will miss the tournament. The 31-year-old left-arm slow bowler experienced lower back symptoms during England’s recent victory over Ireland at Lord’s. Following a scan in London, it was revealed that Leach has a stress fracture, ruling him out of the Ashes Test series.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement confirming Leach’s absence and stating that a replacement player for the series will be announced soon. Leach has been a consistent performer for England, taking 18 wickets at an average of 35.05 in his seven Ashes appearances. In his overall Test career, he has claimed 35 wickets at an average of 34.18.

Meanwhile, Australia is also facing uncertainty regarding the availability of their pacer, Josh Hazlewood, for the Ashes series. Hazlewood has already been ruled out of the upcoming World Test Championship final against India due to side soreness he experienced during the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has been replaced by Michael Neser in the squad for the final.

Although Hazlewood remains in contention for the Ashes, his participation is uncertain. George Bailey, Australia’s chief selector, stated that Hazlewood was very close to being fit but emphasized the need to consider Australia’s busy schedule, which includes the WTC final followed by five Ashes Tests. Bailey explained that Hazlewood’s inclusion in the Ashes squad would provide him with ideal preparation for the first Test at Edgbaston.

Hazlewood withdrew from the IPL after playing only three matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Initially, the decision was viewed as a precautionary measure, as scans showed no significant damage to his side. However, his recovery progress will be closely monitored in the lead-up to the Ashes series.

On a positive note for Australia, captain Pat Cummins will return after missing the previous two Tests against India due to personal reasons. Additionally, Mitchell Starc, who missed the first two matches of the India series due to a finger injury, is now fully fit. The availability of Cummins and Starc will provide a boost to Australia’s bowling attack in the Ashes.

The absence of Leach and the uncertainty surrounding Hazlewood add an intriguing dimension to the upcoming Ashes series, which is set to commence on June 16 at Edgbaston. Both teams will be looking to overcome these challenges and put forward their best performances in one of cricket’s most celebrated contests.

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