England Cricket: Matt Fisher picks up a back injury six weeks out from first Test vs New Zealand

Matt Fisher becomes the latest member of England’s bowling attack to pick up an injury ahead of this summer’s first Test against New Zealand … joining Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes on the sidelines six weeks out from the Lords opener

  • Matt Fisher missed Yorkshire’s match against Northamptonshire through injury
  • Fisher, 24, sat out Thursday’s County Championship clash with a back problem
  • He will now be assessed six weeks shy of England’s first Test vs New Zealand
  • The bowler may now face a race against time to be fit for the opener on June 2
  • He has suffered frequent injury setbacks since bursting onto the scene at 15
  • Fellow bowlers Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes are also injured

Matt Fisher has been hit by another injury set back as those vying for England Test places this summer continue to face disruption.

Fisher, 24, missed the County Championship match against Northamptonshire starting on Thursday with a back problem, the extent of which is yet to be determined. He was named in Yorkshire’s 14-man squad at Wantage Road but will now be assessed six weeks shy of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.

Alex Lees, who like Fisher made his international debut on the recent tour of West Indies, also sat out Durham’s latest fixture with back pain.

Matt Fisher has been hit by a new injury set back ahead of England’s first Test vs New Zealand

Opener Lees began the season with a big hundred against Glamorgan a fortnight ago but suffered a back spasm following the long car journey back from South Wales to the north east, forcing him to miss last week’s visit of Leicestershire to Chester-le-Street.

And despite netting in preparation for the home match versus Nottinghamshire, he remained in discomfort.

Injury issues have punctuated Fisher’s career since he burst into Yorkshire’s first team aged just 15, and his selection for the squad that lost 1-0 in the Caribbean came after he managed just five first-class appearances in 2021 – the most he had strung together in seven seasons.

His on-field ability was recognized with an international debut in Antigua and, after striking with just his second delivery in Test cricket, recently told Sportsmail of his determination not to become a one-cap wonder.

The bowler is now being assessed after missing Yorkshire's clash with Northamptonshire

The bowler is now being assessed after missing Yorkshire’s clash with Northamptonshire

Fisher's cricketing career has been punctuated by injury issues over the past nine years

Fisher’s cricketing career has been punctuated by injury issues over the past nine years

Last week, his four first-innings wickets were instrumental in victory over Gloucestershire in Bristol.

But his latest injury development means that four of the touring attack that England banked on in the absence of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad versus the Windies are currently on the sidelines.

Mark Wood is recovering from elbow surgery, Ollie Robinson has yet to play a match since the Ashes due to a combination of fitness issues and illness while multiple niggles have put Chris Woakes’ return with Warwickshire back until early May at the earliest.

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