Onions returns home

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Graham Onions

Graham Onions limbers up in training, but has been ruled out of the rest of the tour

Durham seamer Graham Onions will fly back to England after being ruled out of the two-Test series against Bangladesh due to a back injury.

The 27-year-old suffered the complaint in training last week after arriving in the sub-continent for the Test series and missed the three-day warm-up game against Bangladesh A.

Onions was yesterday ruled out for the opening Test, which begins in Chittagong tomorrow, but with the problem showing no signs of improving the bowler has now been ordered home to recover.

England are also sweating on the fitness of Stuart Broad, who yesterday resumed bowling after suffering back spasms, but have not named a replacement for Onions.

Onions follows Ryan Sidebottom, who returned home last week due to a thigh problem. Tim Bresnan replaced Sidebottom in the squad while Steven Finn was called up as cover.

Onions expressed his disappointment at the news but accepted there was little other choice in such a brief Test series.

“Of course it’s frustrating,” he said. “Whenever you come on tour - and especially because this is just my second tour - you are always looking to make an impression.

“I’m now travelling home and it’s very disappointing. But on a tour where you only have two weeks to make an impression unfortunately I have run out of time.”

Onions is currently unsure about the precise nature of the complaint but is hoping to be fully fit for the start of the domestic programme.

“If I’m being totally honest I’m not exactly 100% sure what the problem is because I had an MRI scan and nothing came up on that,” he said.

“Hopefully it’s just a case of having five to seven days’ complete rest to get myself ready. The best thing for me is to get myself home and get myself ready for the English summer.”


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