Cricket: Bad back forces Thorpe home

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GRAHAM THORPE returned home from England's tour of the West Indies on Tuesday night with a back injury. Thorpe has been troubled by the injury since the Barbados Test match.

"It is disappointing to end the tour in this way, but I am confident I can play a full part in England's programme next summer," Thorpe said. Thorpe is expected to recover in time to begin the County Championship season with Surrey.