Woakes replaces Stokes for second Test

Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes won the last of six Test caps against South Africa in January

All-rounder Chris Woakes will replace Ben Stokes for England’s second Test against Sri Lanka at Durham.

Woakes, who was called into the squad earlier this week, beats pace bowler Jake Ball to a final XI place for Friday’s match at Chester-le-Street.

Captain Alastair Cook confirmed the 27-year-old will bat at number eight.

Stokes, 24, will miss the remainder of the series after undergoing surgery having injured his left knee in the first-Test victory.

Cook on verge of joining 10,000 club

Captain Cook enters the match needing only 20 runs to become the youngest player – and the first Englishman – to reach 10,000 runs in Tests.

Aged 31 years, five months and two days on Friday, he would beat India legend Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 31 years, 10 months and 20 days, which has stood since 2005.

Only 11 batsmen in history – Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Sunil Gavaskar, Jacques Kallis, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Steve Waugh – have achieved the feat.

Cook made 16 in England’s only innings at Headingley.

Did you know…?

  • England have only won one Test series in their past six attempts against Sri Lanka (D2, L3, W1)
  • They have not won two Test series in a row since 2013, when they beat New Zealand and Australia
  • England have won all five Tests they have played at Chester-le-Street
  • Sri Lanka have gone 15 Tests without being involved in a draw – winning six and losing nine
  • Alastair Cook needs 67 runs to become the second player to score 5,000 in Tests in England and Wales, behind Graham Gooch 5,917
  • Jonny Bairstow averages 91.2 in 12 innings in first-class cricket in 2016, scoring at least 140 whenever he has passed 50


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