England news March 21, 2014

Stokes set to miss month of season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ben Stokes, the England allrounder, could miss at least the first month of the season following surgery on the wrist he broke thumping a locker during England's final T20 against West Indies in Barbados.

Stokes' frustration got the better of him after his first-ball dismissal to Krishmar Santokie and he took it on the dressing-room furniture, the resulting break ruling him out of the World T20 and the opening phase of the English season with Durham.

An ECB statement said: "Ben Stokes has had an operation on the fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist. Stokes will be reviewed in six weeks and a schedule for his return to full training will be determined following the review.

The timeframe means England's one-day international against Scotland, on May 9, appears tight for him to make a return and he may have to wait until the T20 and ODIs against Sri Lanka later in the month. The restructuring of the international season - moving the first Test series into June instead of May - means he should have plenty of time to be ready for the Tests against Sri Lanka.

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