Champions Trophy: England’s Chris Woakes ruled out of tournament with strain

England all-rounder Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the rest of the Champions Trophy after a scan revealed he has sustained a side strain.

Woakes, who has played 63 one-day internationals, bowled two overs in the eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Thursday before leaving the field.

“An update on a replacement for the remainder of the tournament will follow in due course,” said the ECB.

England’s next game in the tournament is against New Zealand on 6 June.

Woakes is England’s highest-placed bowler in the International Cricket Council’s one-day international rankings at seventh.

The 28-year-old has taken 89 wickets at an average of 31.60 and an economy rate of 5.58, while he has scored 800 runs for his country in one-day internationals at an average of exactly 25 and a strike rate of 86.86.

Woakes did not feature in the second and third one-day internationals against South Africa last month because of a thigh problem.

England can still call up a replacement, with Middlesex pair Steven Finn or Toby Roland-Jones among the contenders.

After New Zealand, the tournament hosts face Australia at Edgbaston on 10 June.

BBC Sport


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