Stokes, Woakes to miss T20 series against Australia and India

Ben Stokes torn hamstring Chris Woakes quad knee injury miss T20 series Australia India England cricket

Ben Stokes has been sidelined for the Twenty20 Internationals against Australia and India

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England all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes have been ruled out of the one-off Twenty20 International against Australia and the three-match Twenty20 series against India.

Stokes is currently recovering from a torn left hamstring, which he sustained in the lead-up to the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.

However, he will be with the squad as he continues his rehabilitation.

As for Woakes, he suffered a quad injury during the second Test against Pakistan, but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that it was “at least in part due to a flare-up of a chronic right knee problem”.

Meanwhile, history could be made during the Twenty20 International against Australia as both Sam and Tom Curran have been included in the Twenty20 team.

Should the two feature in the match, they will become the first brothers to represent England in the same game since Ben and Adam Hollioake did in an ODI against Sri Lanka in 1999.

Meanwhile, there was no place in the side for Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson and James Vince, all of whom were part of the squad for the T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.

Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Mooen Ali returned to the side after being rested for the T20 tri-series, while pace bowler Jake Ball was recalled.

England’s lone Twenty20 International against Australia will be held on June 27 at Edgbaston, while the Twenty20 series against India will get underway on July 3 in Manchester.

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