England have been dealt another injury blow ahead of the Ashes with Jack Leach ruled out of the series.
The left-arm spinner has a stress fracture in his lower back which was sustained during England’s victory over Ireland this week.
“Spinner Jack Leach has been ruled out of the LV= Insurance Men’s Ashes series with a low back (lumbar) stress fracture,” an England statement said.
“England will announce a replacement for the Ashes series in due course.”
Also out of the series is fast bowler Jofra Archer, who will miss the whole summer with injury.
Leach claimed four scalps during England’s ten-wicket victory over Ireland at Lord’s this week, but developed low back symptoms during the match.
A subsequent scan on Sunday revealed a stress fracture in the lumbar region of the spine, which will rule him out of all five Ashes Tests.
The Ashes get under way at Edgbaston on Friday June 16 and are set to conclude at the Oval on July 31.