Stokes out of World Twenty20

  • Last Updated: March 14 2014, 18:22 GMT

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the ICC World Twenty20 after punching a locker in frustration and breaking his hand.

Ben Stokes: Ruled out of the World Twenty20
Ben Stokes: Ruled out of the World Twenty20

Stokes reacted to his dismissal for a golden duck in Thursday's narrow victory over West Indies at the Kensington Oval by smashing the locker back in the England dressing room.

The 22-year-old will be replaced in a 15-man squad in Bangladesh by Chris Woakes, who performed impressively with bat and ball in England Lions' recent tour of Sri Lanka.

By contrast, Stokes - who made a maiden century at Perth in this winter's Ashes - has suffered an alarming dip in form, mustering just 13 runs in five limited-overs innings in the Caribbean and taking no wickets.

His self-inflicted injury adds to a list of fitness issues for England, with Joe Root already out of the imminent World Twenty20 after breaking his thumb when he was hit by a short ball from Ravi Rampaul in a one-day international win in Antigua last week.

Ian Bell was called up to replace Root, while captain Stuart Broad is also a doubt with patella tendinitis - and his deputy Eoin Morgan has been struggling too with his own knee injury.

Stokes said: "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.

"I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."

Stokes' misdemeanour is not the first of his otherwise highly-promising career.

It is just 13 months since he was sent home, along with fellow all-rounder Matt Coles, from a Lions tour of Australia after England and Wales Cricket Board management staff lost patience with the pair's persistent late-night drinking.

Shortly before his Test debut in Adelaide last December, Stokes voiced his gratitude to then team director Andy Flower for giving him a "second chance" at an international career.

He repaid the faith with his all-round performances, one of the very few bright spots for England as they descended to an Ashes whitewash.

After breaking the scaphoid bone in his right hand, in a fit of temper, it has yet to be determined how quickly he will be able to recover.

He is to undergo "further assessment" on his return home, with the start of his domestic season for Durham set to start in under a month and England's summer programme beginning with an ODI against Scotland in Aberdeen on May 9.