The English all-rounder Ben Stokes was on the sidelines for up to three months with a broken finger

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Ben Stokes will miss the English test series against New Zealand in June after being ruled out for up to three months with a broken finger at IPL … and he has to race against time to be fit for India in August

  • Stokes has broken his left index finger and will undergo surgery next week
  • The England all-rounder was injured on a flyout in an IPL game
  • ECB confirmed that Stokes will be sidelined for up to three months after the operation
  • It means that Stokes will miss the New Zealand test series in June

Ben Stokes faces a battle to get fit for England’s Test Series against India later this summer after it was revealed on Friday that he needs surgery on his broken left index finger.

The English talisman will certainly miss the first half of the international season, including the two-Test series against New Zealand in June and white-ball matches against Sri Lanka, with the ECB expecting him to be out for three months after surgery. to be.

And there are doubts about his participation in the limited-overs matches against Pakistan that will follow in July and his inclusion in the new Hundred competition launching on July 24 for his Northern Chargers team.

English all-rounder Ben Stokes will be injured for up to three months after breaking his finger during the IPL.

Stokes will not play in England's first test series of the summer against New Zealand

Stokes will not play in England’s first test series of the summer against New Zealand

Stokes will certainly have to prove his suitability for Durham – or in the new Hundred tournament, the ECB will be desperate for him to play – if he wants to make sure of making the first of five Tests against India at Trent Bridge. on August 4.

It’s a desperate blow to Stokes and means that at the start of a massive season, an injury cloud hangs over two of England’s most important players, with Jofra Archer currently trying to prove his fitness in the nets after serious elbow troubles.

And it will raise more questions about England’s wisdom, allowing their best players to play a full Indian Premier League season during a full year of international cricket culminating in the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes.

Stokes hit during England's one-day series against India last month - he continued to play in the IPL, but now returns to England for surgery

Stokes hit during England’s one-day series against India last month – he continued to play in the IPL, but now returns to England for surgery

England have taken meticulous care in their halftime and rotation policies aimed at ensuring their top players are fit and refreshed when it matters most, but it hasn’t been enough to ward off a major early season squad headache To turn.

Stokes was injured by a catch for Rajasthan Royals in their opening game against Punjab Kings on Monday, but it wasn’t until Friday that the severity of the break was confirmed by a second X-ray.

Specialized hand surgeon Doug Campbell, who treated Stokes when he broke his wrist in 2014 when he hit a locker room safe, advised him to fly home immediately so the surgery can take place on Monday and his recovery can begin.

It is Stokes’ second major finger injury, which broke his right index finger so badly in 2011 that there were fears it could significantly affect his career and it would take three surgeries to rectify. Even now, the finger is almost twice the thickness of a normal number and is referred to as ‘the claw’ by English players.

Stokes hopes to play a role in England's White Ball Series and the India Tests later this year

Stokes hopes to play a role in England’s White Ball Series and the India Tests later this year

But even though the news is a huge blow in the short term, it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise if it means that Stokes is fit and willing to go for the return of the Test series against India and then the T20 World. Cup and the Ashes.

Meanwhile, a decision will be made next week on whether Archer, who has thrown in the nets at Hove, will play a role for Rajasthan in this year’s IPL or if he better miss the entire tournament and get ready for the international. summer.

A third English player in Dom Sibley has been confirmed to have a small fracture in the middle finger of his left hand after dropping a fly ball for Warwickshire against Notts on Thursday.

But Sibley’s injury isn’t nearly as serious as Stokes’s, and he could even hit if needed in the championship game at Trent Bridge. He will then be off for two to three weeks, but should be fit for the first test against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.

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