Calf injury rules Ben Stokes out of third Test against Pakistan

Ben Stokes (left) also underwent a surgery in May to treat a cartilage tear in his left knee which forced him to miss the first Test.
Ben Stokes (left) also underwent a surgery in May to treat a cartilage tear in his left knee which forced him to miss the first Test.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the third Test against Pakistan in Birmingham due to a calf injury which he sustained in the second Test in Manchester.

Stokes, who scored 34 runs and picked two wickets in the first innings of the second Test, left the field after bowling 5.2 overs in the second innings and took no further participation in the game.

The Durham all-rounder underwent MRI scan on Tuesday evening, which revealed a torn right calf. A media release issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed that the 25-year-old will be further assessed in the coming week by the medical team.

Apart from Stokes' exclusion, the selectors have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the third Test with one of Adil Rashid, Steven Finn and Jake Ball likely to be named in the playing XI.

After losing the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's, England made a strong comeback with a 330-run victory in the second Test at Old Trafford to level the series 1-1.

England squad for Third Test:

Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, James Vince, Chris Woakes

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