New England Check captain Ben Stokes continues wealthy vein for kind with quickfire 82 for Durham, however Chris Woakes faces battle to be match for New Zealand conflict
- Ben Stokes hit a record-breaking 17 sixes towards Worcester las week
- Durham batsman adopted up with 82 towards Glamorgan at Chester-le-Avenue
- Warwickshire bowler Chris Woakes nonetheless awaiting the outcomes of a scan on his knee
- Woakes now has one potential fixture earlier than England identify their subsequent Check squad
Ben Stokes’ robust kind with the bat since being named England Check captain continued as he struck 82 for Durham towards Glamorgan at Chester-le-Avenue.
Stokes marked his shift to quantity six final week by hitting a record-breaking 17 sixes in Worcester.
On Thursday, he managed simply two earlier than Michael Hogan snared him with a supply of additional bounce with the second new ball.
Ben Stokes struck 82 for Durham towards Glamorgan at Chester-le-Avenue on Thursday
To whom Stokes will throw the ball at the beginning of a brand new Check period subsequent month is rising more and more unsure, nonetheless, amid information that Chris Woakes is awaiting the outcomes of a scan on his knee.
Woakes had a pain-killing injection within the joint after coming back from the 1-0 defeat within the Caribbean in March with that harm concern in addition to shoulder and ankle niggles.
Such a plan of action was designed to allow him to characteristic for Warwickshire from the top of April, however he’s nonetheless but to seem and after sitting out the present match versus Northamptonshire at Edgbaston, has only one potential County Championship fixture – versus Yorkshire, from subsequent Thursday – earlier than the squad is called for England’s first match below the brand new captain-coach axis of Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
Until he performs in Leeds, he is not going to be thought-about for the primary two back-to-back Assessments at Lord’s and Trent Bridge from June 2-14.
Stokes was felled by a supply with the second new ball from veteran seamer Michael Hogan
Woakes mustered simply 5 wickets in three appearances versus West Indies lately however has an exemplary Check report on house soil with 94 at 22.63 runs apiece.
Elsewhere, Saqib Mahmood, one other contender to enrich returning duo Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad within the assault at the beginning of the worldwide summer time, was withdrawn from Lancashire’s Roses contest after reporting again stiffness earlier than the toss whereas Ollie Robinson walked off the sphere at Leicester complaining of a abdomen upset after sending down only one over for Sussex.
It was a equally disappointing return for Check hopeful Josh Bohannon, who fell cheaply when Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson angled a full ball into him for a routine lbw. However team-mate Keaton Jennings completed unbeaten on 150, his second hundred in as many innings since coming back from a calf harm, whereas one other ex-England opener Haseeb Hameed additionally reached three figures for Nottinghamshire towards Middlesex at Lord’s.
At Beckenham, Ollie Pope hit 96 to maneuver into the highest 5 run scorers in Division One whereas Surrey team-mate Ben Foakes is 2 locations additional again after taking an unbeaten 85 off Kent.