England vs NZ 2021 – Ben Stokes set to miss New Zealand Tests with broken finger


Allrounder requires surgery on left index finger ruling him out for up to 12 weeks

Ben Stokes looks set to miss England’s Test series against New Zealand in June after the ECB said that he would require surgery on his broken finger, putting him out for up to 12 weeks.

The England allrounder underwent an X-ray and CT scan on Thursday and will fly home from the IPL on Saturday after fracturing his left index finger in Rajasthan Royals’ opening game. The first Test of the summer, against New Zealand at Lord’s starting on June 2, is just over six weeks away.

Stokes had initially indicated he wanted to stay with the Royals to provide “valued support and inputs off the field”, but he will now return to the UK for an operation in Leeds on Monday. He had already been ruled out of the IPL by the injury, which he sustained while diving to take a catch against Punjab Kings.


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