Tuesday 22 May 2012 

Gabriel Ruled Out With Injury, Tino Best Returns

Gabriel Ruled Out With Injury, Tino Best Returns
Gabriel Ruled Out With Injury, Tino Best Returns
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West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is to return home after suffering a back injury in the course of the first Test against England at Lord's.

Making his debut, he took four wickets, including that of Kevin Pietersen on the final day, before England took a .

Scans following the game indicated a stress reaction in his lower back, ruling him out of the second Test and it has been decided that the best course of action is for him to return home to Barbados.

Tino Best has been selected as his replacement and is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, two days before the second Test gets underway at Trent Bridge.

"Shannon made the complaint late in the first Test against England and scans conducted following the match showed a stress reaction in the lower spine," West Indies physiotherapist C.J. Clark said.

"He was subsequently ruled out of the second Test and, after further consultation, we feel that to prevent this injury developing any further it is in Shannon’s best interest for him to return to T&T for rest and rehabilitation to ensure he is fully fit when selected for West Indies in the future," he added.

Best has played 12 Tests and for the West Indies, his most recent coming when a depleted squad took on Bangladesh at home.

© Cricket World 2012

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