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Stokes outside for up to 12 weeks for up to 12 weeks with crushed finger

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks after fracturing a finger while on Indian Premier League duty, cricket chiefs announced on Friday.

“England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be outside for up to 12 weeks after a repeat X-ray and CT scan on Thursday revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger,” an England and Wales Cricket Board statement read. Stokes,

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who is currently in India with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, will fly home tomorrow. He will have surgery in Leeds on Monday. “The injury occurred while fielding during Royals’ opening match against Punjab Kings on Monday when he completed a catch in the deep to see off West Indies batsman Chris Gayle.

” Stokes looks set to miss England’s two Tests against New Zealand in June as well as limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka.

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