Former New Zealand international Jeetan Patel has been appointed England spin bowling consultant for the five-match Twenty20 series against the Black Caps.

The Warwickshire captain has been given special dispensation from Cricket Wellington to miss the first three matches of the Plunket Shield season and will join up with the England squad in Christchurch next week.

Patel played 43 ODIs, 24 Tests and 11 T20 Internationals over an 11-year period and has continued to thrive in first-class cricket in the twilight of his career.

New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Wellington fully support Patel with his assignment in the England set-up under new head coach Chris Silverwood as he makes plans to become a coach when he calls time on his playing days.

The first T20 begins at Hagley Oval on November 1.

 

England quick Olly Stone will miss the rest of the 2019 season with injury, his county Warwickshire have confirmed.

Stone, who made his Test debut against Ireland last month, was ruled out of the second Ashes match against Australia at Lord's due to a back problem.

The 25-year-old initially sustained the injury in England's tour of West Indies earlier this year.

Warwickshire ruled Stone out for two weeks following a reoccurrence of the issue in training at Edgbaston, but it has now been announced he will not return this season, meaning he will miss the rest of the Ashes.

"Olly had such a fantastic season in 2018 and looked set to play an important role for England, as well as ourselves this summer, after making his Test debut just two weeks ago," Warwickshire sport director Paul Farbrace said in a statement.

"We're obviously gutted to lose him just over a month after returning to senior cricket.

"Being able to bowl consistently at speeds in excess of 90 mph places huge demands on the body and, with Olly's season having ended prematurely, he will now work our medical and strength and conditioning teams to get stronger and fitter than ever."

England have already been without leading wicket-taker James Anderson due to a calf injury, while fellow fast bowler Mark Wood is out of the Ashes after undergoing knee surgery.

Jofra Archer boosted England by making his Test debut at Lord's this week, dismissing Cameron Bancroft for his first wicket in the format on Friday.

Luckless England paceman Olly Stone has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test due to a reoccurrence of a back injury.

Stone impressed with the ball on his Test debut against Ireland last month but missed out on a place in the side to face Australia in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.

The 25-year-old quick flew home from England's tour of the West Indies earlier this year due to a bone stress injury to his lower back and has suffered another setback.

Warwickshire revealed the paceman will be out for two weeks due to another lower back issue on his left side, which he sustained in training at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Sport director Paul Farbrace said: "It's really disappointing for Olly that he's been ruled out of action for such an important two weeks of cricket because of a reoccurrence of his back injury.

"At the moment there's a bit of inflammation, but he will undergo a scan later this afternoon [Wednesday] so that we know the full course of treatment that he can undertake with the club's medical team and with the support of the ECB.

"In the meantime, he needs to rest up before he can get his body strong again and ready to deal with the demands of being a fast bowler."

Jofra Archer is set to make his Test debut at Lord's next week after James Anderson suffered a recurrence of a calf injury on day one of England's defeat in Birmingham.

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