England Lions’ first-choice spinner Brydon Carse forced to withdraw from Australia tour due to injury

Brydon Carse has pulled out of the England Lions’ tour of Australia due to a knee injury.

England Lions manager Andrew Strauss says the Kent left-arm spinner suffered a quadriceps strain while playing for England Saxons. The 28-year-old Carse will have a scan in England over the weekend, but Strauss says he is likely to be out for several weeks, barring a successful recovery.

Strauss says Carse’s teammates are devastated by his absence. This is his first time on the England Lions’ tour.

“Brydon is a high-quality player and we’re gutted to lose him and his skills,” Strauss said. “He had an impressive spell of bowling yesterday, and with his experience and skill he will be sorely missed on this tour. His departure will be a big blow for everyone. We wish him a speedy recovery and wish him the very best for the rest of the winter.”

A series of first-class matches are scheduled against New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

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