Carse sent for a scan on a side injury in yet more Ashes injury woe

England’s Ashes preparations hit by ANOTHER injury to a bowler as Brydon Carse is sent for a scan on a side injury… with Ben Stokes already facing the prospect of taking on Australia without Jofra Archer, Jimmy Anderson and Olly Stone

  • Brydon Carse had emerged as a contender for this summer’s Ashes series
  • Injuries to Jofra Archer and Olly Stone had significantly improved his prospects
  • Ben Stokes now faces further injury woes just weeks out from the first Test 

England’s pace-bowling stocks for the Ashes took another blow on Saturday with the news that Durham’s Brydon Carse has been sent for a scan on a side injury.

The 27-year-old has been withdrawn from the ongoing LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire as the club’s medical team investigate damage to his ‘trunk’ incurred in the field on the second day at Chester-le-Street.

Earlier this week, Jofra Archer was recalled from the Indian Premier League to begin a rest and recuperation programme after experiencing further discomfort in his elbow and Olly Stone was also ruled out of contention for the start of the Ashes series next month, following conformation of a six-week recovery from hamstring trouble, raising Carse’s position in the pecking order as a result.

Ben Stokes faces further injury woe among his Ashes bowling stock with the news Brydon Carse is to go for a scan on a side injury

This week Jofra Archer returned from the IPL after issues with his troublesome elbow flared up again

Another blow came in the form of the news that Jimmy Anderson is nursing a groin problem

Carse, 27, has nine one-day international caps and has long been admired by the England selectors for his combination of speed and bounce.

Indeed, he might have made his Test debut a year ago but was unavailable due to injury and Jamie Overton, a rival fast bowler with excellent batting ability was chosen at number eight for the match against New Zealand at Headingley.

Carse has begun the 2023 season with 14 wickets at 28 runs apiece in Division Two, and struck the second first-class hundred of his career a fortnight ago against Derbyshire.

And it is not just the back-up bowlers that have been hit by the current injury blight. Although dressing room sources have played down its significance, England’s leading wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson is nursing a groin problem three weeks shy of the one-off Test versus Ireland and five before the first ball goes down in the Australia series.

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