Stuart Meaker out of Lions tour

Fast bowler Stuart Meaker has been ruled out of the remainder of England Lions’ tour of Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates due to a lower back injury.

Meaker will return to the UK immediately for further assessment before continuing his rehabilitation with Surrey.

Meaker, who has spent the winter touring first with the England ODI squad in India and then with the England Lions in South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, has been replaced by Kent seamer Matt Coles.

Coles will join the Lions for the remaining matches against Sri Lanka A in Sri Lanka and the fixture against the senior England team in Abu Dhabi.

Coles, 21, has been called up from the Potential England Performance Programme in Chennai.

England Lions lead the five-match series 2-1.

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