Pat Brown is out of winter season due to stress fracture:
England’s medium-fast bowler Pat Brown is ruled out of all cricket in the winter season due to a lower back stress fracture. He is also ruled out of England’s ODI and T20I series against South Africa.
Pat suffered the fracture while preparing to play for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. England will announce his replacement in both ODI and T20I squads for South Africa tour in due course.
Gutted to be ruled out of the big bash and England white ball tour of South Africa with a stress fracture. Will be doing everything to get back on the park as soon as possible. https://t.co/g5SRHvcU11
— Pat Brown (@Patbrowny6) January 6, 2020
The ECB’s statement said: “The 21-year-old Worcestershire quick developed a recurrence of low back symptoms whilst in Australia preparing to play for the Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash. A scan has revealed a partial stress fracture.”
Haris Rauf likely to make his return in Pat Brown’s absence:
Pat Brown was to replace Dale Steyn as the overseas player for Melbourne Stars. He will not be able to become part of the tournament due to the stress fracture. Haris Rauf, who impressed everyone with his 3 appearances and securing 10 wickets, will likely be given another chance to play for Melbourne Stars.
Rauf claimed 5 wickets for Melbourne Stars in their match against Hobart Hurricanes.
Stars’ manager Trent Woodhill has wished Pat a speedy recovery and wishes to see him fit in the future. He added that they were excited to see him in action as Steyn’s replacement.
“It’s really disappointing for Pat. We were very excited to have him on board this season to replace Dale Steyn and it’s disappointing we won’t get to see him in action for the Stars. It’s been great having him around the group and we’ve enjoyed welcoming him into the Stars family. We wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully, we can work on seeing him in green in the future,” said Trent Woodhill.