Chris Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy with injury

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England all-rounder Chris Woakes will not feature in the remainder of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to a side-strain injury that he picked up during the tournament opener against Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday (June 1). Woakes left the field after bowling just two overs, and played no further part in the match.

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The 28-year-old was later sent for scans, which revealed the seriousness of his injury. The injury is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks to complete the recovery process, which effectively rules him out of the ongoing multi-team tournament. However, it remains to be seen whether he will take part in the first test of the England’s upcoming home series against South Africa, that starts at Lords on July 6.

“I finished two overs but it was probably on the third or fourth ball of the second over that it felt like something had become tight in my side,” Woakes said according to ESPNCricinfo. “I managed to finish the over but, by the last ball, I knew that something really wasn’t right. To a certain extent, it felt like someone was sticking a knife in my side. That was why I didn’t come back out.

“I knew yesterday that it wasn’t going to be good news. It was then a matter of seeing how bad it would be on the scan results.

“The toughest thing as a bowler is having to come off after only bowling a couple of overs. Leaving the guys out there with almost 10 men is difficult to take, so I’m really pleased the boys managed to get over the line with a win.”

Previously, Woakes was rested for the final two ODIs of England’s recent series against South Africa because of a tight quad.

The ECB has confirmed on Friday that a replacement for him will be named shortly. Steven Finn is likely to replace the injured seamer.

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