England’s Ben Stokes ruled out of second Test, Woakes to replace him

  • AFP, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Updated: May 23, 2016 14:49 IST
England's Ben Stokes celebrates dismissing Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal. (Reuters Photo)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka with a knee injury, team management confirmed on Monday.

Stokes has been replaced in England’s 12-man squad by Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes.

Durham star Stokes injured himself during England’s crushing innings and 88-run win in the first Test at Headingley. He will now miss the second of the three-match series, which starts at his Chester-le-Street home ground on Friday.

Woakes is now in the hunt for a seventh Test cap. His last appearance came against South Africa at Centurion in January, a match where England lost but won the series.

He will compete for a place in England’s XI against uncapped Nottinghamshire quick Jake Ball, in the squad at Headingley. Meanwhile Sri Lanka have confirmed that Kusal Perera will be joining their squad.

Perera was cleared to play again two weeks ago after the International Cricket Council lifted a provisional doping ban and all associated charges against him following concerns over the reliability of the drug test carried out by a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Qatar.

The wicket-keeper/batsman’s arrival, possibly in time for the second Test, will change the balance of Sri Lanka’s squad as he is replacing injured paceman Dhammika Prasad, who has returned home with a shoulder injury.

“Kusal will join the team as soon as possible and acclimatise, so he can do some serious work with the bat,” Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya told Cricinfo.

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