ENG vs AUS: Two England all-rounders ruled out of Australia ODI series

While Stokes triggered a hamstring injury, Woakes developed strain in his right quad.

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Despite a couple of stupendous victories in the first two ODIs versus Australia, all is not well for England. They have had some injury concerns lately. It all started in the team’s second Test versus Pakistan at the Headingley in Leeds. They won the match, but two of their star all-rounders in Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes got injured.

While Stokes triggered a hamstring injury, Woakes developed strain in his right quad. Both of them were sidelined for the one-off ODI match versus Scotland, which the visitors lost. The players were also not included in the squad for the first two matches ongoing ODI series against Tim Paine’s men. To add to their as well as England’s woes, they have now been ruled out of the entire series as per Cricbuzz.


The heart of the issues

In the meantime, Stokes has already started batting and running and this a relieving news for the management. He will return to bowling this week and will carry on with his rehab program with England’s squad for the fourth and fifth match in order to get fit for the T20I series versus India.  On the other contrary, Woakes’ condition is something to cheer for the English cricketing fraternity.

His issue was attributed to his chronic knee problem. Woakes had an injection and will now be undertaking a rehabilitation and conditioning to address the problem. He may also be out of England’s ODI series versus India, which is scheduled to take place next month. Both all cricketers participated in the IPL for their respective teams.

For the time being, the team beat the Aussies comprehensively in London and Cardiff respectively and are looking in red-hot form. Their batters and bowlers have delivered in the hour of need and helped their team carve the victories against a rusty looking lineup.

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