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England will miss injured Ben Stokes for the remainder of the series against Pakistan

England coach Trevor Bayliss admits England will miss injured Ben Stokes.

He admits the expected loss of Ben Stokes for the third Test against Pakistan has left "a bit of a hole" in the England team.

Stokes, who missed the first Test after knee surgery in May, suffered a calf injury during England's series-levelling win at Old Trafford on Monday and is expected to be out for up to six weeks.

Fast bowlers Steven Finn and Jake Ball, along with leg-spinner Adil Rashid, are the likely candidates to fill the vacant spot, although Bayliss is confident Chris Woakes, who has enjoyed a profitable series, can help fill the all-rounder void for Alastair Cook's side.

Bayliss added - 



Stokes is a big player for us, he adds a lot of spark to the team. He bats, bowls and he's a leader in the field so it is a bit of a hole.But someone like Chris Woakes has done brilliantly so far this season so we are lucky in that aspect.


Bayliss also urged patience with batsman James Vince, whose place is under threat after averaging only 18.57 in his five Tests.

England take on Pakistan in the third Test at Edgbaston starting on Wednesday, August 3.


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