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Jamie Overton: England sweat on Surrey seamer's fitness for summer Tests after stress fracture diagnosis

Surrey confirmed to Sky Sports News that Jamie Overton has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back; the seamer played his only Test against New Zealand at Headingley in 2022; England's fast bowling ranks have been depleted by injuries and retirements

England v New Zealand - Third LV= Insurance Test Series Match - Day One - Emerald Headingley Stadium
England's Jamie Overton bowls during day one of the third LV= Insurance Test Series Match at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds. Picture date: Thursday June 23, 2022.
Image: Jamie Overton played his only Test so far for England against New Zealand in 2022

England's bowling attack has been dealt another blow after Jamie Overton was diagnosed with a lower-back stress fracture which could rule him out of the upcoming summer Tests against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Overton played his only Test at Headingley in June 2022, taking two wickets against New Zealand and scoring 97 from No 8.

However, a stress fracture ruled him out of the Ashes last summer and, after initial scans on his back were inconclusive, he has been diagnosed with another stress fracture which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the English summer.

"We can confirm that Jamie Overton has suffered a stress fracture of the lower back," a statement from Surrey to Sky Sports News read.

"There is currently no timeline for his return, but he will continue his recovery under the guidance of the Surrey Medical Department."

Surrey added that there is no timeline on his return and his availability for England.

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