On Sunday, June 4, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that the 31-year-old England National Cricket Team left-arm spinner Jack Leach has been ruled out of the Ashes 2023 series due to a lumbar stress fracture.
The slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Jack Leach, has represented the England National Cricket Team in 35 Test matches and has bagged 124 wickets at an average of 34.18 and an economy of 3.03, with his best bowling figures in a match being 10/166.
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Jack Leach, who was expected to play a key role for the Three Lions in the upcoming Ashes series, recently featured in the one-off Test match against Ireland National Cricket Team at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Jack Leach returned with the figures of 3/35 & 1/90 in the match as the Ben Stokes-led side hammered Ireland by 10 wickets inside three days.
Jack Leach Developed Low Back Symptoms During England’s Test Victory Over Ireland – ECB
In an official statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it was stated that the Somerset spinner “developed low back symptoms” during the match against Ireland.
It was further mentioned that Jack Leach underwent a scan on Sunday in London and it was found that the spinner has a lumbar stress fracture, which will keep him out of the entire Ashes series. The ECB has not yet named any replacement for the senior spinner.
“England Men’s spinner Jack Leach has been ruled of the LV= Insurance Men’s Ashes series with a low back (lumbar) stress fracture,” the ECB said in an official media release.
“The 31-year-old Somerset slow-left-armer developed low back symptoms during England’s LV= Insurance Test victory over Ireland on Saturday.
“A scan on Sunday in London has revealed a stress fracture, which will keep him out of the forthcoming Ashes Test series, which gets underway at Edgbaston on Friday 16 June. England will announce a replacement for the Ashes series in due course.”
The Marquee Ashes 2023 series is set to commence on June 16 in Birmingham. The remaining four games of the series are scheduled to be played at Lord’s, Leeds, Manchester, and The Oval.
England men’s Ashes Test squad:
Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood