England has already taken a 2-0 lead in the ongoing 5-match One Day International series. With three more games remaining, it is not good news for the hosts. Injured all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are set to miss the remaining games which would act as a major setback for the hosts. The two English cricketers have been instrumental in the ODI success of England in the recent past.Also Read - Mike Atherton Asks ECB to End Silence on Pakistan Tour Cancellation
The ECB has released the following update in relation to injuries to England players Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes. Also Read - England Withdraw From Pakistan Tour in October, Says Mental and Physical Well-Being of Players Remain Highest Priority
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England and Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes’ right quad tear, which he sustained at Emerald Headingley in the second Test against Pakistan earlier this month, was at least in part due to a flare-up of a chronic right knee problem. He has had an injection for the knee issue last Monday and will now undertake a rehabilitation and conditioning programme to address both injuries. A date for return cannot be specified at this stage, but he will not be available before the India Royal London ODI series.
England and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes’ torn left hamstring is progressing well, at just over two weeks since he sustained the injury in the build-up to the second Test against Pakistan at Emerald Headingley. He can bat fully and is now able to run at 90 percent capacity. He will commence his return to bowling programme this week. The plan is for Ben to continue his rehabilitation programme with the England squad during the 4th and 5th ODIs at Emirates Riverside and Emirates Old Trafford. He is expected to be involved in preparation, with a view to being available to play in the IT20s against India starting next month.
Meanwhile, regular English skipper Eoin Morgan is set to make a comeback on Monday’s 3rd ODI. That is a big boost for English batting.