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Stokes breaks wrist punching locker

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Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the World T20 after breaking his wrist when he punched a locker in the dressing room following his dismissal in the final T20 against West Indies.

He will be replaced for the event by Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire allrounder, and it is the second enforced change to England's squad following the broken thumb sustained by Joe Root earlier in the tour.

Stokes was dismissed first ball in the third T20, bowled by Krishmar Santokie, and the injury occurred a short while later in the dressing room.

"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England," Stokes said. "It was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour. I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."

Stokes' tour with the bat brought scores of 5, 4, 0, 4 and 0 while he also had a very limited role to play with the ball. It has been a rapid decline in fortunes after he was one of the few England players to emerge with any credit from the Ashes tour after scoring a hundred in Perth and putting in some feisty bowling displays.

It is unclear at the moment what the recovery timeframe will be for Stokes and whether he will be available for the start of Durham's County Championship season.

Woakes, meanwhile, has played just four T20s for England, the most recent being against New Zealand, at The Oval, last June. He has claimed two wickets in those matches and has an economy rate of over 10 an over.

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