Dom Sibley ruled out for no less than two Championship fixtures with broken finger


Ben Stokes undergoes “successful” surgery; Jofra Archer continues rehab at Sussex

Dom Sibley has been ruled out of Warwickshire’s next two County Championship matches after sustaining a broken finger at Trent Bridge final week.

Sibley, the England opening batter, broke the finger – the middle one on his correct hand – when dropping a chance in the slip cordon. Despite the fact that he was once padded up and prepared to come in towards the end of a nail-biter against Nottinghamshire, he did not bat in the match.

The news means he may not be to be had for this week’s top-of-the-table contest between against Essex at Edgbaston or next week’s fixture against Durham.

Sibley will be reassessed at the end of this month ahead of any firm decision approximately his return to action. The injury must not affect his availability for the Test series against New Zealand which begins at the start of June.

Ben Stokes, who also sustained a broken finger while fielding in the IPL, has undergone surgery described as “successful” by an ECB spokesperson. His finger will be in a splint for the next four weeks and then reassessed. The ECB originally suggested he could be out of action for up to 12 weeks.

Jofra Archer, meantime, will train with Sussex on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from minor surgery and his long-standing elbow injury. Archer underwent the operation to take away a fragment of glass from a tendon in his hand sustained after an accident while cleaning a fish tank. He also received an injection in his correct elbow. No decision has yet been made approximately his return to action or when he’s going to be fit to trip to the IPL.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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