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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  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    The real cause was probably that Stokes isn't yet used to the ridiculous workload and schedule that will be expected of him in international cricket. He's an all-rounder so has to produce with bat and ball. After a full season with Durham last year, it was on the plane virtually straight away for the tour of Australia, which didn't finally finish until early February, then a few weeks later it's off to the West Indies before going to Bangladesh for the T20 World Cup. The schedule looks great if you're a tourist or camp follower but if you're expected to deliver in high pressure match after high pressure match and you're not used to it, there will be a breaking point, either of this nature or from form nosediving as in the case of Joe Root who was ridiculously being spoken of as the next England captain by pundits not many months ago. New players need to be nurtured until properly acclimatised, not driven into the ground.

  • Tony on March 22, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Time to grow up, Ben.

    Remember that feeling of disappointment, but use it to fuel your determination next out in the field because the talent is clearly there.

  • Robert on March 21, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Ginger gene...............

  • Jay on March 21, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Sometimes after a break in an important joint such as the wrist, a cricketer can sometimes never be the same in terms of strength and ability.... oh well, another promising English cricketer gone...

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    jesus...how hard did he hit it? i've hit a few things in my time and barely scratched the surface.

  • Dal on March 21, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    what a silly boy..................................

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