Report: England’s Summer Plans Hit by Bowler’s Injury

England Bowler Tongue Suffers Injury Setback

England seamer Josh Tongue is facing an uncertain summer after a pectoral injury setback, potentially sidelining him for a significant portion of the home season.

Setback in Tongue’s Recovery

Josh Tongue, who debuted in Test cricket last summer, has been absent from action since August. He missed England’s white-ball tour of the Caribbean and the Test series in India. An official statement from England cricket confirmed: “Josh has had a setback to his original injury. There is no timescale on when he’ll return to action.”

Impact on England’s Plans

Tongue’s injury is a considerable blow to England’s strategic planning, particularly as they prepare for life post-James Anderson. Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, is set to retire following the first Test against the West Indies at Lord’s on 10 July. Tongue, as one of England’s centrally contracted fast bowlers, was poised to step into a more prominent role following Anderson’s departure.

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Promising Debut and Future Prospects

Tongue made his England debut against Ireland in June last year and impressed sufficiently to earn a spot in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. In his two matches, he has taken 10 wickets. Over the winter, Tongue transitioned from Worcestershire to Nottinghamshire but has yet to play for his new county due to his injury.

Potential Fast Bowling Line-up

Other fast bowlers likely to feature in England’s pace attack after Anderson’s retirement include Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Matthew Potts, Gus Atkinson, and potentially Ollie Robinson. England managing director Rob Key also highlighted the potential of Tongue’s Nottinghamshire teammates Dillon Pennington and Olly Stone, along with Essex’s Sam Cook, during a discussion on the Test Match Special County Cricket podcast.

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