None of the Brits seems to want the job of disgraced cricketer Ben Stokes, who was stood down following a drunken brawl outside a pub in Jolly Old.
England had called up Steve Finn to cover for Stokes, an all-rounder gun who was critical to the Brits side in the Ashes.
Now Finn has been hurt in a match in Perth and has been sent home. He had 36 Tests to his credit, so he will be missed for his experience, if nothing else. Finn tore cartilage in his left knee in what has been described as a “freak batting accident” in the match in Perth. It might require surgery for Finn, who had hoped to make a comeback after having been on the outside looking in for the British side.
Finn made the trip to Adelaide for the four-day match, but it was determined that he was not fit to play and was sent back.
England had already lost Toby Roland-Jones. They are also without all-rounder Moeen Ali, who missed the four-day tour match played in Adelaide due to a strained muscle issue with his side.
Stokes might actually be able to play in the Ashes, dependent upon the results of a British police investigation into the brawl outside a pub in Bristol September past.
England has the unenviable task of finding some bowlers to replenish its stock. At the moment, they seem to be in a worse position than Australia, even though the Aussies have lost James Pattison to a back injury that could be a career ender.
England has from now until November 23 to find players to fill the XI.
Tom Curran was called up to replace Finn and so far does not seem to have any health issues. Curran plays for Surrey and is a right-arm fast-medium bowler with 51 First-class and 53 List A matches on his resume, but he has only played one ODI and three T20 internationals.