Sorry Stokes hands England T20 blow
5:40pm Friday 14th March 2014 in © Press Association 2014
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the World Twenty20 after he punched a locker and broke his hand during Thursday's five-run win over West Indies.
Stokes suffered the injury immediately after he was dismissed during the third Twenty20 international, and his setback adds to England's injury woes ahead of the global tournament.
Joe Root has already been ruled out of the World Twenty20, which begins in Bangladesh on Sunday, after breaking a thumb earlier in the tour of the Caribbean.
Skipper Stuart Broad is also a doubt with a knee problem while Eoin Morgan has also been hampered by a similar injury.
Stokes' injury was, however, self-inflicted and the 22-year-old admitted his regret in a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board as the team prepared to fly from Barbados to Bangladesh on Friday.
"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England - it was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour," he said.
"I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."