New Zealand vs England Tests: Ben Stokes set to miss warm-up tie; likely for 1st Test
However, it is believed that the 26-year-old’s injury is not that serious to put his highly-anticipated return to Test cricket against New Zealand in jeopardy,ESPNCricinfo reported.
The opening warm-up match would have been Stokes’ first match since his last Test appearance against West Indies in September 2017 after which he was ruled out the Ashes series in the wake of his alleged involvement in a scuffle outside a Bristol City nightclub on September 25.
Besides Stokes, all-rounder Chris Woakes and Craig Overton will also miss the opening practice match due to hamstring and quad injuries respectively.
The opening two-day warm-up match between England and New Zealand XI is slated to be held at Hamilton on Wednesday.