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- RICHARD GIBSON reports from Chittagong

WILL JACKS is to return home from the white-ball tour of Bangladesh after a thigh injury dealt a cruel blow to his World Cup ambitions.

Surrey all-rounder Jacks dashed from England’s Test series in New Zealand a week ago, after being overlooked for the dramatic second match in Wellington, to complete a hat-trick of internatio­nal debuts in six months.

Jacks, 24, experience­d discomfort in his quad muscle in England’s crushing 132-run win on Friday and will not have the opportunit­y to stake further claims for a place in the side’s 50-over title defence in India later this year. An ECB spokespers­on said: ‘Will Jacks has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour of Bangladesh after suffering a left thigh injury while fielding during the second one-day internatio­nal in Dhaka. Jacks will fly home in the next 48 hours to begin his recovery.’

Jacks was identified as a contender for a World Cup squad place due to his combinatio­n of fierce hitting and spin bowling, but his misfortune offers an opportunit­y for Leicesters­hire’s teenager Rehan Ahmed — a cricketer of similar characteri­stics — to add a first ODI cap to the Test one he was handed in Pakistan before Christmas. Ironically, that also came as a replacemen­t for Jacks, who was also in England’s squad alongside Ahmed for the three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh that begins on Thursday. It is thought that England will continue with a 14-man playing group for those matches, to maximise exposure for the original selections rather than call in a replacemen­t. England fast bowler Mark Wood toured Pakistan with Ahmed, 18, and said of the leg-spinner, who took seven debut wickets in Karachi: ‘He is the real deal. He’s got youthful enthusiasm and excitement and it’s as if he’s playing a club game. He wants to bowl and whack it. ‘When he played his Test match, it was like it was not a big deal, and I think he will be exactly the same whatever the format is.’

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GETTY IMAGES Tough luck: Will Jacks

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