Ben Stokes will not bowl but England still await scan results

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015 by The News Editor

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England are still awaiting a full diagnosis on Ben Stokes’ shoulder injury but have already decided he will be unable to bowl again in the third Test against Pakistan.

Stokes hurt the shoulder on his bowling arm trying to take a catch on day one of the must-win match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

He underwent scans on Monday but an England team spokesman reported there was not yet a definitive result.

“He will not bowl again in this Test. We will decide whether he can bat in due course,” said the spokesman.

If Stokes’ injury were diagnosed as a dislocated shoulder, the possible recovery period could extend to three months – making his participation in the next Test tour, of South Africa, doubtful.

In the more immediate term, England may yet need the all-rounder to bat – although they were in a favourable position at stumps on day two, just 12 runs behind Pakistan on 222 for four.

Ian Bell, one of those who helped the tourists shape a strong first-innings reply, said: “We’ve talked a little bit about having to step up as a batting unit, with one man down.

“Losing someone like Stokesy, with all his attributes, is obviously tough.

“The bowlers are going to have to recognise that, and step up again in the next ‘dig’ – which I’m sure they will do.”

Bell reported that Stokes is smiling through the pain, and disappointment.

“He seems all right, (but) obviously absolutely gutted,” he told Sky Sports 2.

“He’s (still) going around with a smile on his face – which is typical Stokesy.

“We hope it’s not as bad as people think.”

England expect to know more by Tuesday morning, with the spokesman adding: “There will be a detailed diagnosis tomorrow.

“The specialist will be looking at the scan overnight. Our doctor will then talk to him.”

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015 by The News Editor

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