A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Shannon Gabriel ruled out of entire Test series

Gabriel will miss the remainder of the Test series after sustaining a back injury

West Indies pace bowler Shannon Gabriel has been ruled out of the final two Tests against England after injuring his back.

Gabriel, who earned a place in the Test side, impressed on debut, taking three wickets for 60 runs, including prize England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

However, Gabriel only managed to bowl five overs in the second innings before he left the field with back spasms.

With Gabriel on the sidelines, the West Indies have recalled Tino Best to take his place on the roster.

According to the West Indies medical team, who assessed Gabriel’s condition, he has been advised to return to the Caribbean to seek treatment for his injury.

West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark said: “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.”

“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,” Clark added.

Best, who is currently 30, has represented the West Indies in 14 Tests and 12 ODIs, but last played for the nation way back in 2009.

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