England has called up uncapped fast-bowler George Garton as a cover for Jake Ball ahead of the Ashes, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday (November 10).
Ball injured his ankle while bowling in the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI on Thursday. The right-arm pacer was just in his fourth over when he bundled over during his delivery stride and immediately left the field. Later, scans confirmed ligament damage, sidelining the pacer for at least a week.Ball has been sidelined for at least a week (Credits: Getty)
And with the injury crisis further deteriorating, England has called up the uncapped Sussex youngster who was due to fly to Australia with England Lions later this month but will now join the senior squad early for the final warm-up match in Townsville.
The series will start on November 23 (Credits: Getty)
a statement from ECB read.
Garton will join England Lions after the second warm-up game (Credits: Getty)
Injuries have marred the buildup to the five-Test series for England. Fast-bowler Steven Finn has already been ruled out of the series with a knee injury while all-rounder Moeen Ali is still recovering from the side strain.
On the other hand, Toby Roland-Jones could not even make it to the squad due to a stress-fracture while Ben Stokes is also not included because of the ongoing investigation due to the brawl he was involved in a few weeks back.
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