George Garton called up for England ODI squad as Olly Stone ruled out for season with back injury

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England have named uncapped Sussex bowler George Garton in their ODI squad for this month’s series against Sri Lanka.

However, there is bad news for another England bowler, Olly Stone, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his back.

Stone’s injury was diagnosed following his appearance in last week’s Test defeat to New Zealand, a promising outing for the Warwickshire paceman, and continues a long and unhappy sequence of fitness setbacks for the 27-year-old.

His international career has been beset by injuries, including two stress fractures in 2019, but he had been pencilled in as a potential option for this winter Ashes in Australia.

Garton’s selection is a reward for the 24-year-old’s impressive form over the past couple of seasons, with eight wickets in four Vitality Blast matches at an average of 8.37 helping push his white-ball credentials.

Garton was fast-tracked to the England Lions side after a handful of professional matches in 2016 and found himself brought in as cover for the 2017/18 Ashes series, where his left-arm pace was used to help prepare batsmen in the nets.

“We have been monitoring the progress of George Garton for quite some time,” added Silverwood. “He has been a significant part of Sussex’s bowling unit in white-ball cricket for an extended period. His ability to bowl quick with his point of difference being a left-armer certainly gives us options in this series, and he deserves his chance at this level.

“This ODI series is important as we continue to build momentum ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Despite some injuries, the squad I have selected is strong and gives us depth across all departments. We are looking forward to competing and putting on a show for the fans.”

England ODI squad in full:Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Additional reporting by PA.

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