Reece Topley is bowling again as his rehabilitation from his latest back injury continues.

Topley is one of seven seamers currently on the ECB Pace Programme, alongside Toby Roland-Jones, Jamie Overton and Jamie Porter.

They have been based at the ECB’s Performance Centre in Loughborough, ahead of a training camp in Desert Springs in Spain this weekend.

Topley, who has made 16 white-ball appearances for England but is still only 23, suffered the latest of several blows in August when he was again diagnosed with the fourth stress fracture of his career.

Roland-Jones, Porter and Overton are also on the comeback trail after back injuries.

Former Hampshire seamer Kevin Shine, the ECB’s fast-bowling lead who heads up the Pace Programme, told “They’re all bowling again now, which is great to see after the disappointments they’ve had to endure.

“Unfortunately, fast bowling is always going to be a brutal business, as these lads can all confirm.

“That’s one of the reasons we have the Pace Programme – to reinforce the physical and technical foundations required for international fast bowling. In the 10 or 12 years since we started it, the programme has evolved to develop the athleticism of our talented bowlers.

“There’s been a growing focus on things like running technique, movement patterns, mobility, co-ordination and agility. And of course we also work on the craft and skills of fast bowling, as well as the technical areas surrounding pace.

“This year the guys have been able to do more bowling before Christmas, on the back of some new research suggesting a complete shut down from bowling for long periods of time increases injury risk.

“Also, we want to ensure that their bodies adapt to bowling after they’ve trained. So after a heavy training session, they bowl – this tells their bodies that these are the movement patterns they are training for.

“We’ve got a great balance this winter. There’s a quartet of lads with experience in Reece, Jamie Overton, Jamie Porter and Toby.

"They’ve got so much to share with the younger guys – Tom Barber, Zak Chappell, George Scrimshaw and Paul Walter – which all goes to show the quality and strength in depth we have in our fast-bowling ranks.

“The lads have been working hard in Loughborough and with their counties, and the chance to get outside and hopefully a bit of sun on our backs at Desert Springs will come at just the right time.”

Topley is likely to head to further Pace Programme camps in the New Year in South Africa and then back at Desert Springs.