County cricket July 15, 2013

Chris Wright out for the season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Wright, the Warwickshire and England Lions pace bowler, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due a stress fracture of his back.

Wright had taken 19 wickets at 36.26 in eight Championship matches and also played against the New Zealanders for the Lions at Grace Road in May.

He confirmed the diagnosis over Twitter: "Good luck 2 @CricketingBears 2day & 4 rest of season. Bad news will miss it due 2a stress fracture but will return stronger & better!"

In a subsequent message he added that the recovery time is expected to be around six months which means he could struggle to be in contention for the Lions' winter commitments which include shadowing the main squad during the Ashes series in Australia.

Warwickshire's bowling attack has been badly hit by injuries during this season and they seem unlikely to defend their Championship title. They currently sit sixth in the table, 50 points behind leaders Sussex, with seven matches remaining.