England news November 3, 2011

Ben Stokes out for six months

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ben Stokes, the England and Durham allrounder, will be out of cricket for around six months after undergoing surgery on his right index finger in the USA. He is expected to return to action for the start of the 2012 County Championship season.

Stokes had picked up a complex fracture dislocation in his finger during a County Championship match between Durham and Lancashire in May and had undergone surgery then, but his finger failed to heal completely despite extensive rehabilitation and he was unable to resume bowling. In the meantime, he made his England debut, in an ODI against Ireland in August, and played four matches during the home one-day series against India. He was left out of the squad for the tour of India so that he could undergo the surgery, and will now be out for six months.

The initial healing phase following the operation will be approximately three months and then there will be a further three months of graded recovery and rehabilitation. The lay-off means Stokes will miss England's series against Pakistan in the UAE early next year.

"My priority now will be to work hard on my rehabilitation over the next six months," Stokes said. "I want to make sure I am fully fit and available to start next season."

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  • Randolph on November 5, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Is there such as thing as an English player from England these days?

  • Alan on November 4, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    I've not seen much of Stokes so can't comment on his potential, but I wish him well with his recovery

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    I played Junior Club cricket with Ben back in New Zealand. Interesting Fact, who else was in the team? Harry Boam who played NZ u19's and Wellington Firebirds.

  • Ned on November 3, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Please don't be mean spirited.No one wants to see any one hurt, no matter what Level or affiliation. Everybody deserves his chance,and even though i am an Aussie , I wish him well.

  • Peter on November 3, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Best young cricketer in the world. Much more talented than Asif.

  • Randolph on November 3, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    Bad luck for the Kiwi, get well soon!

  • Cricket on November 3, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    @Trickstar totally agree with you. Straightforward article about a young player's availablility and it gets one of the most pointless comments, and there have been plenty during the 16 matches between Eng-Ind this summer/autumn from Kavindeven. Deliberately obtuse to provoke reaction. Moving on and as an Indian supporter I've yet to see Stokes play but have heard lots of positive noises about him. Surprised he was risked for the T20i and ODIs given the nature if his injury. Anyways NZ loss is Eng's gain.

  • paul on November 3, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    @Kavindeven Speaking of Yawning, it looks like the day center's got a new computer in. How is he hyped? he's been nothing more than a new guy in the one day side, who's had a good start to his career at County level and he's got huge potential. As far as imported, really? he moved to England as a kid aged 11 with his family and gone through all the age groups for England. Nothing more than a jealous, bitter comment bud, if your not interested why post a comment, LoL.

  • Kavin on November 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    One more over-hyped imported English player. Yawn!

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