England’s Stokes out of second Test
LEEDS (United Kingdom)— England all-rounder Ben Stokes is facing several weeks on the sidelines after being ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka with a knee injury.
Stokes has been replaced in England’s 12-man squad by Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes.
Durham star Stokes jarred his left knee during England’s crushing innings and 88-run win in the first Test at Headingley.
He will now miss the second of the three-match series, which starts at his Chester-leStreet home ground on Friday.
The 24-year-old, who is due to see a specialist on Tuesday, could be out of action for as long as six weeks.
That would see him miss both the final two Tests against Sri Lanka and the subsequent five-match one-day international series with the islanders starting on June 21.
And with England also facing Pakistan in a four-Test series that gets underway at Lord’s in July, team management will be wary of rushing key player Stokes back into the side.
An England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued Monday said: “England allrounder Ben Stokes will miss the second Investec Test at Emirates Riverside after sustaining a left knee injury during England’s first Test victory at Headingley.
“Following a scan (on Sunday) and review by the medical team, it was advised that Stokes would be unavailable for the match in Durham.
“The 24-year-old will be reviewed by a consultant (on Tuesday), to decide on a management plan.”
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