Scans have confirmed a lower back stress fracture for Victorian quick Will Sutherland.
Sutherland was a stand-out performer in the Marsh Sheffield Shield Final, taking five wickets in the first innings and making a fighting 83 with the bat.
The 23-year-old felt pain through the match and did not bowl in the second innings.
Cricket Victoria’s Head of Male Cricket, David Hussey said Sutherland will face a period on the sidelines.
“It’s disappointing for Will after a fantastic season. He had signed with Essex to go over and play in the County Championship – but this news will keep him at home and working on his rest and rehabilitation program for the next few months,” Hussey said.
“He has put his name up in lights with some big performances through the summer and we want him to be ready for next season, so we’ll do everything we can to support him with his injury rehabilitation.”
Sutherland was the Marsh Sheffield Shield’s leading wicket-taker across the 2022/23 season, taking 41 wickets at an average of 19.92.