Stokes undergoes successful knee surgery


England allrounder, Ben Stokes', knee surgery has been completed without complications, the ECB have confirmed.

The injury was diagnosed as a torn meniscus by medical staff earlier this week and the initial prognosis was a six-week layoff for the player. An ECB spokesperson has confirmed that this is likely to be an accurate estimate. 

This means that the 24-year-old will sit out the remainder of the Sri Lanka series but is likely to be fit for the Pakistan series staring on 14 July.

Stokes pulled up during a bowling spell in which he says he felt his knee lock up, but pushed through the discomfort to bowl a further four overs.

The Lancashire man played little part in the remainder of the Test – which England won by an innigs and 88 runs – in record breaking time, the 13th fastest victory of all time.

The player confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday that the injury is an escalation of an existing issue he has had with the knee. As it stands, it appears as if the recurring problem may not be one that threatens a very promising career.

Stokes has not missed a Test match since April 2015 and played a crucial in England's comprehensive series victory in South Africa earlier this year.

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes has been called up as a replacement, and is expected to slot into the startin XI following his 9 for 36 in his previous County match.