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WESTLEY OUT FOR 12 WEEKS AFTER FINGER OPERATION

The Essex batsman will not be able to tour West Indies with England Lions

Tom Westley has been ruled out of England Lions' tour of West Indies in the new year following successful finger surgery.

The Essex batsman will need 12 weeks to recover after going under the knife, having sustained the problem fielding for the Lions in their three-day match against a Queensland Select in Brisbane.

He flew home last week and saw a specialist in Leeds prior to the operation.

However, he will not be able to take part in the Caribbean, with the squad for that tour being announced later this month.

The Lions are now in Perth for the second part of their training camp, focusing on white-ball skills and based at the Western Australia Cricket Association’s facilities at Murdoch University.

They play a 50-over match against a WA selection on Wednesday (December 6) followed by a T20 game the following day, with both those games at Murdoch.

Then they play three T20 matches which are part of Perth Scorchers’ preparations for the Big Bash on December 11, 13 and 15 – the first two of which will be the first cricket fixtures played at the new 55,000-capacity Perth Stadium, where the senior England team are due to play an ODI next January.

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