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by John Pennington Friday 21 March 2014
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has undergone successful surgery on his right wrist one week after fracturing it in unfortunate circumstances in Barbados.
Venting his frustration after he was dismissed in the third Twenty20 International against the West Indies, Stokes punched a locker in the dressing room.
The resulting injury, a fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist, ruled him out of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where England will begin their campaign against New Zealand tomorrow (22nd March).
He was replaced in England's 15-man squad by Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes and now faces at least six weeks on the sidelines.
"England and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has had an operation on the fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist," a statement from the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed."Stokes will be reviewed in six weeks and a schedule for his return to full training will be determined following the review."
It means that he will play no cricket until May at the very earliest, which all but rules him out of the start of England's first series of the summer, against Sri Lanka.
The first Twenty20 International is on 20th May.
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