Stokes out of second Test


May 24, 2016
Ben Stokes


England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the second Test against Sri Lanka at his home ground starting Friday, with a left knee injury.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ruled Stokes out yesterday and said that he would see a consultant to decide on his recovery and whether he would be able to play in the third Test at Lord's, which starts on June 9.

Stokes was replaced in England's squad for the second Test at Chester-le-Street by Chris Woakes. Woakes, also an all-rounder, would vie with uncapped seam bowler Jake Ball for Stokes' place.

Stokes had a scan on Sunday and will see specialists on Tuesday to verify the extent of his injury. The ECB did not specify what the exact problem was.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, called wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera back into their squad ahead of the second Test after doping charges against him were dropped by the International Cricket Council this month.

A doping laboratory in Qatar withdrew two positive tests for steroids against Perera, who had been suspended since December. He was cleared to play again, and Sri Lanka Cricket said Perera would join the squad in England as soon as possible.

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