Stokes 'heartbroken' by absence

  • Last Updated: March 17 2014, 11:12 GMT

Ben Stokes was "heartbroken" after learning a moment of petulance had cost him his World Twenty20 place, according to England captain Stuart Broad.

Ben Stokes: Will learn a painful lesson
Ben Stokes: Will learn a painful lesson

The Durham all-rounder, who bucked the tourists' trend by coming out of the Ashes whitewash with his reputation strongly enhanced, was pencilled in for a key role in this month's tournament in Bangladesh until he fractured his right hand last week in Barbados.

Plenty of batsmen have left the Caribbean nursing broken bones in the past, but Stokes' injury was self-inflicted after he lashed out at a locker having been dismissed for a golden duck.

An official communique from the England and Wales Cricket Board saw the 22-year-old confess his "deep regret" for a "huge error of judgement" but T20 skipper Broad has revealed he gave a more emotional version of events to his colleagues.

"Stokesy is obviously a passionate guy and he was disappointed, he got a fantastic ball to get out first ball," said Broad.

"He stood up and apologised to the team and was borderline in tears thinking he had let not just himself but his team-mates down and missed the chance to go to a World Cup. At 22, that is a major thing in his career so far. He has had a fantastic winter and it has been a pleasure to tour with him.

"Unfortunately he is going to be out for a couple of months probably. He was heartbroken and made his feelings very public to the guys and this will be a learning curve for him.

"He is a young guy who has a huge amount of natural flair. No one wants to take that away from him but hopefully he won't rule himself out of too many World Cups doing stuff like that."

Stokes was replaced in the squad by Warwickshire's Chris Woakes, the second such change for Ashley Giles' side who were also forced to swap Joe Root for Ian Bell after the former broke a thumb.


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