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Cricket: England's Stone considering retirement from tests

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Cricket: England's Stone considering retirement from tests
Cricket: England's Stone considering retirement from tests   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p> – England fast bowler Olly Stone is considering retirement from test cricket due to his latest back injury that ruled him out of the upcoming Ashes in Australia, the 28-year-old said.</p> <p>Stone underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his back in July, which kept him out of England’s squad for the five-test Ashes series that begins in Brisbane on Dec. 8.</p> <p>“I’ve given myself the best possible chance of doing everything I can to play test cricket, and if it means I can’t, it would sit right with me if I have to call it a day in the longer format,” Stone told the <span class="caps">BBC</span> https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/59336369 on Thursday.</p> <p>A succession of injuries throughout his career has stunted Stone’s progress, with the paceman having played three tests for England after his debut in July 2019.</p> <p>“If I’m being honest, I’ve had to properly think hard about whether I want to try and get back out there and do it again,” he added. </p> <p>“This time I felt like I’d done everything I can off the field: diet, nutrition, even just getting fitter and stronger. In the past I thought it might have been a factor to why (the injury) was happening.”</p> <p/> </div>