T20 World Cup: England's Sam Curran ruled out of squad with back injury

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Curran has taken 16 wickets at 16 T20 internationals, scoring 91 runs on an average of 18.20

England's Sam Curran, the all-rounder for England, has been removed from the T20 World Cup due to a back injury.

Curran complained of back discomfort after playing in the Indian Premier League Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. Scans have revealed a lower-back problem.

Tom, the 23-year old brother of the player, has been called up to the squad as a substitute and is being replaced by Reece Topley, a fast bowler.

England will face West Indies in the first World Cup match on 23 October.

Curran will return to the UK in the next few days to receive further scans by the England medical team.

Further evaluation is expected to determine if the Surrey player will be available to play in the Ashes series against Australia which will begin in December.

Jofra Archer, England's fast bowler, has been ruled out of the World Cup due to injury. Ben Stokes, England's all-rounder is also absent as he continues his indefinite rest from cricket to focus on his mental health.

The England squad members who are not participating in the IPL arrived Monday in Oman, where they will be competing alongside the United Arab Emirates.