Roland-Jones making progress

02 December 2017 19:28:19 GMTPlus11

Toby Roland-Jones is on the road to recovery with the ECB's pace programme following a stress fracture of the back.

The injury prevented the Middlesex fast bowler being selected for the Ashes tour.

But the 29-year-old, who took 17 wickets in his first four Test appearances, returned to bowling with Middlesex last week and has been at Loughborough with other pacemen on the comeback trail: Reece Topley, Jamie Overton and Jamie Porter.

He's completed six bowling sessions with Middlesex, and he's been with us at Loughborough for three days this week.

Kevin Shine

Next week sees the group head to a training camp in Desert Springs, Spain.

"It's great to see Toby on the road back, and for us to be able to offer him the chance to do plenty of bowling outdoors and other specific training this winter," said Kevin Shine, the ECB's lead fast-bowling coach who heads up the pace programme.

"He's completed six bowling sessions with Middlesex, and he's been with us at Loughborough for three days this week.

"He will be coming with us when we head off for our first short camp in Desert Springs on December 10, and after that we'll reassess his progress.

"But we have further pace programme camps in the new year in Potchefstroom in South Africa and then back at Desert Springs, and then there's the possibility of the England Lions tour of West Indies in February and March as another staging post for Toby before England play a couple of Tests in New Zealand in April."

Meanwhile, England are 21.00 to win the Ashes series in Australia, while the hosts are priced at 1.04 and the draw is available at 19.00.

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