Ben Stokes ruled out of the World Twenty tournament with hand injury
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with a fractured hand.
Last Updated: 17/03/14 6:40am
Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has been added to the 15-man squad to replace the Durham player, who suffered the injury when he punched a locker in the dressing-room following his dismissal in the T20 international against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.
"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England - it was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour," said Stokes in an ECB statement.
"I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."
Stokes made the breakthrough into the England Test side in the winter Ashes series, scoring a superb century in Perth.
He had, however, struggled for form on the tour of the West Indies. In five innings he scored 5, 4, 0, 4 and 0 - the final duck causing him to attack the locker - and he also failed to take a single wicket in the Caribbean.
Woakes, in contrast, has been in excellent form, scoring a century and a 92no for the England Lions on their Sri Lanka tour, and he was also amongst the wickets on the trip.
Joe Root has already been ruled out of the World Twenty20, which begins in
Bangladesh on Sunday, after breaking a thumb earlier in the tour of the
Caribbean. He was replaced by Woakes' Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell.
There are also concerns over the fitness of captain Stuart Broad; he missed the final two matches against West Indies with a knee problem.
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