Stokes injury leaves a hole

2016-07-27 13:47
Ben Stokes (Getty Images)

Cape Town - England head coach Trevor Bayliss, says the injury enforced absence of Ben Stokes will leave a hole in the England lineup throughout the rest of the Pakistan series.

The coach, has however been impressed by the performances of Chris Woakes and has urged patience with the under-performing James Vince.

Bayliss told the media: "(Stokes) is a big player for us, he adds a lot of spark to the team. He bats, bowls and he's a leader in the field so it is a bit of a hole, but someone like Chris Woakes has done brilliantly so far this season so we are lucky in that aspect."

Vince is under pressure, having made a less than spectacular start to his Test career, scoring just 130 runs in seven Test innings at an average of 18.57, but Bayliss is keen to give the Hampshire man a chance to prove himself.

Bayliss said: "I don't see any reason to panic at the moment.

"But as I said after the last game, runs will count. It doesn't matter what you look like getting them... it gets down to how many runs and how many wickets.

"I'd like to see people given a little bit more of an extra go rather than one (game). If there's someone else who warrants a place to replace a player like that... I'm sure it will be discussed."

England have what seems like a three-way race to fill Stokes spot between seamers Jake Ball and Steven Finn as well as spinner Adil Rashid.

Durham all-rounder Scott Borthwick has been touted by many to get a call-up, but the smart money is on players already involved in the England set up.

Read more on:    england  |  ben stokes  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Your thoughts on the two-Test suspension handed down by the ICC to Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.