Eng­land’s Stokes out of sec­ond Test

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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.”

Woakes is now in the hunt for a seventh Test cap. His last ap­pear­ance came against South Africa at Cen­tu­rion in Jan­uary, a match where Eng­land lost but won the se­ries.

He will com­pete for a place in Eng­land’s X1 against un­capped Not­ting­hamshire quick Jake Ball, in the squad at Head­in­g­ley. Both play­ers will join up with the Eng­land squad in Durham af­ter leav­ing their on­go­ing matches in the County Cham­pi­onship on Mon­day.—AFP Bl­itzboks ear­lier in the day in sim­i­lar fash­ion as an­other pair of late scores from Fife in the semi­fi­nals saw off the United States, who won at Twick­en­ham 12 months ear­lier.

“It’s an un­be­liev­able feel­ing,” Fife told Sky Sports 3 af­ter­wards.

“This team have come a long way, we truly be­lieve we can beat any­one on our day and to­day we showed that. I think we sur­prised a few peo­ple.” Fiji had al­ready been con­firmed as the over­all win­ners of the se­ries hav­ing suc­cess­fully

The South­ern Hemi­sphere na­tion were 107 down at the break in the fi­nal af­ter Scott Wight dot­ted down from an in­no­va­tive driv­ing maul that caught the South Africans out.

They re­sponded by build­ing up an 11-point lead courtesy of tries from Rosko Spec­man and Ce­cil Afrika and, even af­ter James Flem­ing had some­how held off two would-be tack­lers 10 me­tres out to fin­ish over the line, an­other try from Spec­man looked to have killed Scot­land off be­fore Fife’s late hero­ics.—AFP

Scot­land’s play­ers cel­e­brate win­ning HSBC World Rugby Sev­ens Se­ries tour­na­ment at Twick­en­ham.

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