Ben Stokes set to miss England’s Test series against New Zealand in June as broken finger suffered in IPL rules newly-crowned Wisden Cricketer of the Year out for up to three months
- Stokes has fractured his left index finger and will undergo surgery next week
- England all-rounder suffered the injury taking a catch in an IPL fixture
- ECB confirmed that Stokes will be sidelined for up to three months after surgery
- It means Stokes will miss the New Zealand Test series set for June
Ben Stokes will be sidelined for up to three months with the broken finger suffered while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League this week.
The England all-rounder will undergo surgery to repair the left index finger fracture in Leeds on Monday and is set to miss the first Test series of the summer against New Zealand in early June.
An ECB statement read: ‘England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be out for up to 12 weeks after a repeat X-ray and CT scan on Thursday revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to be out injured for up to three months after breaking his finger playing in the IPL
Stokes is unlikely to feature in England’s first Test series of the summer against New Zealand
‘Stokes, who is currently in India with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, will fly home tomorrow [Saturday]. He will have surgery in Leeds on Monday.
‘The injury occurred while fielding during Royals’ opening match against Punjab Kings on Monday when he completed a catch in the deep to see off West Indies batsman Chris Gayle.’
England’s vice-captain grimaced as he celebrated and did not bowl again in the rest of the Punjab innings before receiving treatment on the finger in the break.
Stokes hits out during England’s one day series against India last month – he stayed on to play in the IPL but will now return to England for surgery
He was able to open the Royals innings and was out for a three-ball duck in their narrow defeat but the injury was sufficient for Stokes to have an x-ray that, Royals said in a statement, confirmed the break.
‘Everyone at Rajasthan wishes Ben a speedy recovery,’ said the Royals statement. ‘We are delighted he would like to stay with our group to provide his valued support and input off the field. We will be reviewing potential replacements for the rest of the season.’
However, Stokes will now return to England right away after the extent of the finger injury has been ascertained.
Stokes will hope to play a part in England’s white ball series and the India Tests later this year
It came after Stokes was named the Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world for the second consecutive year – the first Englishman to win the prestigious honour twice.
‘His haul of 641 Test runs at 58 in the calendar year was more than anyone else while his 19 wickets cost just 18 apiece,’ says Wisden editor and Sportsmail cricket writer Lawrence Booth in the Almanack. ‘He did it all against a backdrop of personal tragedy: his father, Ged, died in December at the age of 65.’
England’s first Test of the summer against New Zealand begins at Lord’s on June 2 with the second set for Edgbaston from June 10.
After that, England are set to play Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the white ball formats before a much-anticipated Test series against India in August and September.
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