Ben Stokes has been sidelined for six week © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ben Stokes has been sidelined for six week © Getty Images (File Photo)

London: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has said he is “devastated” to miss out on the rest of the ongoing Test cricket series against Sri Lanka after undergoing a knee operation. The 24-year-old has been sidelined for six weeks. He injured himself while bowling in the first Test which England won quite convincingly by an innings and 88 runs. Stokes suffered a cartilage tear that he says has been “an ongoing issue for two to three years” but which he has “managed to play through until now”, reported the BBC on Tuesday. “I am devastated,” he said. Bowlers David Willey (small abdominal muscle tear), Mark Wood (left ankle surgery) and Reece Topley (partial stress fracture of the lumbar spine) are also set to miss the tie. Stokes will miss the remaining two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and T20 international against Sri Lanka. Stokes undergoes knee surgery, Topley sidelined for 3 months

England all-rounder Ben Stokes had knee surgery on Tuesday, while fellow international Reece Topley learnt he will be sidelined for three months with a partial stress fracture. Stokes suffered a cartilage tear in his left knee during England’s crushing Test victory against Sri Lanka last week at Headingley. He had already tweeted that he expects to miss the remainder of Sri Lanka’s tour, but the England and Wales Cricket Board have not offered any prognosis following his operation. Stokes is unlikely to be seen again until the start of the Pakistan series in July, though England are not yet committing to a timescale, reported AFP. England’s Ben Stokes ruled out of Test series against Sri Lanka due to knee injury

In Stokes’ absence, Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes, who took nine wickets on Monday to celebrate his call-up for the second Test against Sri Lanka, and the uncapped Jake Ball will have the chance to impress. “Ben Stokes has undergone surgery this afternoon to address a cartilage tear in his left knee. Full details on the length of his rehabilitation will be confirmed in due course,” an ECB statement read.