Roland-Jones faces Ashes race

23 September 2017 06:06:10 EST

Toby Roland-Jones is facing a battle to be fit for England's Ashes tour of Australia after suffering a stress fracture in his lower back.

The 29-year-old seam bowler only made his Test debut in the third Test against South Africa in July, but has already proved his ability at the top level of cricket with 17 wickets in four Tests.

However, Roland-Jones failed to finish Middlesex's 36-run County Championship win over Lancashire as the club later revealed that extent of his injury and subsequently ruled him out of their final game against Somerset, which gets underway on Monday.

The Middlesex statement read: "The result of the medical scan has revealed Toby has a stress fracture in his L5 vertebra (lower back), which will mean he will take no further part in the domestic season for Middlesex."

The race is on for Roland-Jones to try and get fit for the Ashes with the first of five Test matches starting in Brisbane on 23rd November.

The England squad for the tour will be announced on Wednesday and it now remains to be seen if the selectors will include him because of the injury.

England are 3/1 to win the Ashes, while Australia are priced at 4/9 and the draw is 13/2.

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