World T20 March 14, 2014

Stokes breaks wrist punching locker

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the World T20 after breaking his wrist when he punched a locker in the dressing room following his dismissal in the final T20 against West Indies.

He will be replaced for the event by Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire allrounder, and it is the second enforced change to England's squad following the broken thumb sustained by Joe Root earlier in the tour.

Stokes was dismissed first ball in the third T20, bowled by Krishmar Santokie, and the injury occurred a short while later in the dressing room.

"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England," Stokes said. "It was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour. I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."

Stokes' tour with the bat brought scores of 5, 4, 0, 4 and 0 while he also had a very limited role to play with the ball. It has been a rapid decline in fortunes after he was one of the few England players to emerge with any credit from the Ashes tour after scoring a hundred in Perth and putting in some feisty bowling displays.

It is unclear at the moment what the recovery timeframe will be for Stokes and whether he will be available for the start of Durham's County Championship season.

Woakes, meanwhile, has played just four T20s for England, the most recent being against New Zealand, at The Oval, last June. He has claimed two wickets in those matches and has an economy rate of over 10 an over.

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  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    The boy has got character. He does not want ever to fail and what he did shows that he is a winner. Good for England's future.

  • Simon on March 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Stokes should be in the ODI team only and allowed to develop into the player he might be. If we over play him and over rely on him we will ruin him. Same as Trott and Root. He is too loose as a test bowler, and untill he can remedy this we need the likes of Taylor to take his place in tests to try to develop as our middle order test batsman.

  • John on March 16, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @Patchmaster on (March 16, 2014, 4:41 GMT) Please dont bother trying to start off conversations/debate when you have nothing to debate with.

    I - and others - mentioned on several occasions that Ravi has been one of our best SF bowlers over recent years. Bearing that in mind - and the fact that we're not exactly blessed with economical SF bowlers he should stay in the side as a bowling all rounder. If he couldn't bowl then I too would not have him in the side but his bowling has been an asset in recent times and even with his batting he is now down the order behind Morgan and Buttler. Re his batting - in the last game where you made him a scapegoat , others performed as badly. Buttler looked horrible and Stokes and Ali made no impact. Stokes contributed nothing and contributes less than Bopara in SFs and yet he gets no mention at all. Surely our SF pace bowling is a much bigger problem

  • Ed on March 16, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Does anyone know if Bopara has hit anything lately ? He certainly hasn't hit many fours. How can Bopara be in the squad when he constantly uses up far too many deliveries, whilst playing for his average ? Where is Gary Balance ? He was nearly top of the T20 rankings in Eng - so why is he not being picked ? He looked like real talent.

  • John on March 15, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    @ steve48 on (March 15, 2014, 9:40 GMT) We need a different type of player out there. I doubt Woakes in shorter formats period but on dry SC pitches...? What's the obsession with going with so many pace options?

    Patel is an obvious replacement but even a spinner who doesnt bat so well - someone like Rayner - would be a better bet

  • Patrick on March 15, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Stokes juvenile streak was on display throughout the latter stages of the ashes, mind you from Day 1 in Brisbane Andersen set the tone for ugly send offs that all bowlers picked up on. The good news for Eng is that Root is out, how this guy is seen as a T20 player is anyone's guess, he's got great test potential but the umpires are more exciting to watch than Root soaking up overs. You'd have to rate Eng's chances lower than any other Test nation at this stage just based on morale alone.

  • Derek on March 15, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    KP should put all those missing him out of their misery by rejoining South Africa....

  • Derek on March 15, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Stokes will learn the hard way. Vandalise equipment in the UK but treat it with respect in Barbados.

  • Android on March 15, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    scaphoid fracture could keep him out for months. Silly boy!

  • Android on March 15, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    ECB are self destructing themselves first by dropping Peterson now a are v bad replacement fo stokes. .samit Patel would have been option as he can bowl some handy spin

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