Ben Stokes suffered fractured finger playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this week; an X-ray has revealed the England all-rounder requires surgery; Stokes is set to miss the Test series against New Zealand in June
Nasser Hussain believes England could benefit from having a fresh Ben Stokes available for their summer schedule, after the all-rounder was ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a broken finger
Ben Stokes faces up to three months on the sidelines after it was revealed he will need surgery on the finger injury he suffered this week.
The England all-rounder fractured his left index finger while fielding during Rajasthan Royals’ opening Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Punjab Kings on Monday.
Stokes is now set to miss England’s Test series at home to New Zealand in June, as well as the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in June and July.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes suffered a broken finger while fielding during Rajasthan Royals’ opening IPL match against Punjab Kings
England will be hoping he is able to return for the one-day games against Pakistan, which begin on July 8.
Rajasthan confirmed earlier this week that Stokes would play no further part in the IPL, with a further X-ray on Thursday showing the extent of the injury.
It occurred when he took a diving catch in the deep to see off the Kings’ Chris Gayle, after which he immediately left the field for treatment.
Having already sent down one over, he did not bowl for the remainder of the innings in Mumbai. The 29-year-old then registered a three-ball duck as the Royals crashed to a narrow four-run defeat.
Stokes will fly home from India on Saturday before undergoing surgery in Leeds on Monday.
England fixtures, summer 2021
- New Zealand, Test, June 2-6, Lord’sNew Zealand, Test, June 10-14, EdgbastonSri Lanka, T20I, June 23, Sophia Gardens CardiffSri Lanka, T20I, June 24, Sophia Gardens CardiffSri Lanka, T20I, June 26, The Ageas BowlSri Lanka, ODI, June 29, Emirates RiversideSri Lanka, ODI, July 1, Kia OvalSri Lanka, ODI, July 4, Bristol County GroundPakistan, ODI, July 8, Sophia Gardens CardiffPakistan, ODI, July 10, Lord’sPakistan, ODI, July 13, EdgbastonPakistan, T20I, July 16, Trent BridgePakistan, T20I, July 18, Emerald HeadingleyPakistan, T20I, July 20, Emirates Old TraffordIndia, Test, August 4-8, Trent BridgeIndia, Test, August 12-16, Lord’sIndia, Test, August 25-29, Emerald HeadingleyIndia, Test, September 2-6, Kia OvalIndia, Test, September 10-14, Emirates Old Trafford