Stokes chases May return

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All-rounder Ben Stokes' participation in England's limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in May remained in the balance this week.

All-rounder Ben Stokes' participation in England's limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in May remained in the balance this week.

Stokes suffered a hand injury after punching a dressing room locker during the third Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Barbados in March.

The fracture saw the New Zealand-born 22-year-old miss the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where the English endured an early exit on the back of defeat to minnows Holland.

"I'm back in the gym trying to get myself fit and it's good to get myself back on my feet and keeping busy," Stokes told <i>Sky Sports News</i>.

"There's no time frame yet on my recovery. It's a matter of healing still and more of a feeling thing and we'll see what the specialist says in four weeks' time."

The talented Stokes enjoyed a decent Test series debut during the tour of Australia earlier this year, despite England's five-nil whitewash. He managed 279 runs in eight innings, including a fine ton in Perth, and secured 15 wickets.

"It was disappointing but I can look back on it and take away some good personal moments. But it would have been better if we had done a little better from a team of point of view," he concluded.

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