Crocked Gabriel replaced by Best
West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel will miss the remaining two Tests with England due to a back injury picked up at Lord's.
The 24-year-old impressed on his five-day debut in north London, taking 3-60 in England's first innings and dismissing Kevin Pietersen on the final day to put the pressure on the hosts.
Ian Bell and Alastair Cook ensured that Andrew Strauss's side will head to Trent Bridge for Friday's second Test with the advantage but they will not have to face Gabriel, who will fly home to sort out the problem as soon as possible.
West Indies team physiotherapist CJ Clark revealed the extent of the problem and believes that heading back to the Caribbean is the best course of action for the newcomer.
"Shannon made the complaint late in the first Test against England and scans conducted following the match showed a stress reaction in the lower spine," he said.
"He was subsequently ruled out of the second Test and, after further consultation, we feel that to prevent this injury developing any further it is in Shannon's best interest for him to return to T&T for rest and rehabilitation."
Tino Best has been called up to the tourists' squad as a replacement but it is open to question whether he will play as he has garnered just 28 wickets in his 14 Tests to date at a woeful average of 48.67 and England's in-form batsmen will hardly be quaking in their boots.