England’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes is ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series against Australia. The hosts also have suffered another setback as pacer Chris Woakes will also miss the remaining games of the one-day series.
ECB announced that Ben Stokes will be rested as he sustained a hamstring injury during the second Test against Pakistan played at Headingley, Leeds. Stokes is expected to be fit and available for the upcoming T20 series against India that will be played next month.
England has taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series against Australia. ECB released a statement on Ben Stokes stating that the all-rounder is recovering well and will resume bowling in the nets from next week.
Stokes has been in and out of the side for past one year. He served a six-month suspension following his altercation at a bar at Bristol during home series against West Indies. Chris Woakes has consistently played for England over past six months but suffered from a thigh injury during the second game played against Pakistan at Headingley, Leeds. The team management has taken a precautionary step to help Woakes take adequate rest for the big series against India that will begin from 3rd July.
The 29-year old is set to miss the one-day series against Australia. He won’t be available for the upcoming three-match T20 series against India that will start from 3rd July. Woakes has taken some injections to sort out his knee issue and will undergo rehabilitation process to get fit in time for the one-day series against India.
Chris Woakes has been an integral part of the team across all three formats and has been a consistent performer for the side for the past two years. The opening game of the one-day series against India will be played at Nottingham on 12th July as ECB will be hoping that Woakes is fit and available for selection.