England all-rounder Ben Stokes‘ spell on the sidelined has been extended which has ruled him out of ODI against Scotland and the first part of ODI series against Australia. The 26-year old is currently nursing a hamstring injury.
He had suffered the injury during fielding practice for England’s ongoing second Test against Pakistan at Headingley, in Leeds. Initially, it seemed the injury was minor and only placed him in doubt for the Test.
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However, the scans revealed the extent of the injury was far worse than first thought. As a result, Stokes will miss the ODI against Scotland on June 10 and the “first part” of the ODI series with Australia.
The England and Wales Cricket confirmed the news on Sunday.
“(Stokes) will be unavailable for the first part of the five-match ODI series against Australia as he recovers from a left hamstring tear,” an ECB spokesperson said.
“Stokes will be assessed later this week. He will continue his rehabilitation programme and will return to his county side Durham on Monday.”
Left-handed batsman, Dawid Malan has replaced Stokes for the Scotland game. On the other hand, Sam Billings will replace the left-handed batsman in the team to face Australia. Billings recently plied his tried for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2018.
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Credits: BCCIMeanwhile, the latest injury setback has further extended the wait to see Stokes in action against Australia.
He had missed the last Ashes, five-match ODI series and T20 tri-series after the ECB sidelined him following his alleged involvement in a street brawl in Bristol last September.
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The all-rounder has pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray and will face court for a trial from August 6.