Brown to miss South Africa tour
England seam bowler Pat Brown has been ruled out of the upcoming one-day and Twenty20 series with South Africa due to a back injury.
The Worcestershire ace suffered a recurrence of symptoms as he was preparing to represent the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League and a scan has now revealed that he has sustained a partial stress fracture in his lower back.
Brown has been ruled out for the rest of the winter with the injury and he will now return to England where he will continue his rehabilitation ahead of the new domestic season.
The 21-year-old had been due to feature for England in South Africa, with the tourists set to play three one-day internationals and three T20s in February following the conclusion of the ongoing Test series.
Brown is yet to make his ODI debut, but he did feature in four T20s for England during their series success in New Zealand back in November.
Nobody has been called up to replace Brown just yet, but the ECB has confirmed an announcement will be made in due course.
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