Parkinson ruled out of England Lions tour
Lancashire spinner suffers back injury
Lancashire's Matt Parkinson has been ruled out of the England Lions tour of the UAE after routine scans found a stress fracture in his back.
The leg-spinner was the highest wicket-taker in the 2018 Royal London One-Day cup, taking 18 wickets, and the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2018 Vitality Blast, with 25. He took 59 wickets across all three formats.
Parkinson will be replaced in the England Lions squad by Sussex slow left-armer Danny Briggs.
Andy Flower said: "It's a real shame for Matt that he's forced to miss the tour. He had a fine summer for Lancashire and his selection was just reward for the ability that he's shown.
"He's been shut down from bowling and he'll see a spinal specialist this week as we try to determine the full extent of his injury."