Ben Stokes: England’s all-rounder will miss rest of Pakistan series

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Stokes made the first four tests of the summer, commanding them in the series opener against the West Indies

English all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the rest of the test run against Pakistan for family reasons, it has been announced.

Stokes has played all four tests so far this summer, captaining his country in the absence of Joe Root in the first, the first game of the series against the West Indies.

But the 29-year-old will fly to New Zealand later this week, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.

He was born in the country, where his parents Ged and Deb still live.

An ECB statement said: “He will miss England’s two tryouts against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday August 13 and Friday August 21.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board, along with the Stokes family, are asking that all media respect the privacy of the family at this time. ”

The England team were due to leave Manchester, site of their three-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first test, and travel to Southampton on Sunday. Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has joined the team.

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