Ben Stokes injured his knee while bowling during the first innings of 1st Test against Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Ben Stokes injured his knee while bowling during the first innings of 1st Test against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

England have been dealt by a severe blow as all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, with Chris Woakes set to replace him. Stokes injured his knee while bowling in the first innings of the 1st Test. Despite the knock, he continued on for the whole innings, but had to sit out for most parts of the second innings. The reports after the game confirmed his absence from the second Test, and further evaluation will determine the extent of the injury. Stokes scored 12 runs and took a solitary wicket before leaving the field. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test match

He has been replaced by a like-to-like Woakes, who is a bowling all-rounder. Woakes last featured for the English Test side against South Africa earlier this year. He has been in pretty decent form his county side Warwickshire, for whom he took 14 wickets in four games as well as scoring a century. If Woakes is chosen to play, it will be his 7th Test outing for the national side. In his previous 6 matches, he has only picked up 8 wickets at an forgettable average of 63.75.

England will aim to wrap up the series with a win to take an unassailable two-nil lead. They were outrightly dominant in the first game, beating Lankans by an innings and 88 runs. The star of the show in that game were Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson. Bairstow’s 140 made sure England reached a respectable total of 298. And thereafter, Anderson tore apart the Lankan batting line-up, taking a fifer in both the innings.