England has been hit hard ahead of their summer schedule as an injury to Ben Stokes’ toe is expected to disqualify him from the New Zealand and Sri Lanka streak.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that Stokes will undergo surgery on his broken left index finger which he sustained during an IPL match for the Rajasthan Royals on Monday.
Stokes knew something was wrong when he took the dive plug on Monday
Already disqualified from the IPL season, the 29-year-old is now set to be disqualified for up to 12 weeks, with England playing two tests against New Zealand and a limited series against Sri Lanka at the time.
“The versatile English coach Ben Stokes will be absent for up to 12 weeks after a new X-ray and CT scan revealed on Thursday that he had a fractured left index finger,” the European Central Bank said in a statement.
“Stokes, who is currently in India with the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, will return home tomorrow. He will undergo surgery in Leeds on Monday,” he added.
Stokes is indeed among the greatest ever
Stokes took an impressive hold with a deep plunge to release West Indies legend Chris Gayle in the loss of the royal family to the Punjab Kings, but he frowned as he stood up.
The English incantation continued to cope with pain and even went to the beat, scoring a duck with three bullets.
Stokes is widely regarded as the best player in England after a number of heroic performances in recent years, most notably in the Cricket World Cup Final and the third Ash Test in 2019.
Matches in England in the next 12 weeks
June 2: New Zealand Test (Lords)
June 10: New Zealand Test (Edgbaston)
June 23: Sri Lanka T20 (Cardiff)
June 24: Sri Lanka T20 (Cardiff)
26 juin: Sri Lanka T20 (Rose Bowl)
June 29: Sri Lanka ODI (Riverside).
1er juillet: Sri Lanka ODI (The Oval)
July 4: Sri Lanka ODI (Bristol).
His level in 2021 was questionable, although he recently produced a thrilling 99 hits in his second ODI against India.
The 29-year-old is one of the biggest draws in India’s flagship T20 competition and the injury represents a major loss for the royal family, as well as England.
England hopes to reunite with her star in the limited series Against Pakistan, which begins July 8 in Cardiff.