Stokes and Woakes remain sidelined

18 June 2018 07:44:31 EST

England have confirmed that Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes will definitely miss the remainder of the one-day series against Australia due to injury.

Neither all-rounder featured in the opening two games of the five-match series, both of which were won by the hosts - at The Oval and in Cardiff.

Woakes is not expected to be fit to return to action until the one-day series against India at the very earliest, with that getting under way at Trent Bridge on Sunday 8th July.

Stokes could be available a little bit earlier than Woakes, with England hoping to be able to field the Durham ace in the T20 international against India, the first of which takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday 3rd July.

A statement from the ECB confirmed: "Chris Woakes' right quad tear, which he sustained at Headingley in the second Test against Pakistan earlier this month, was at least in part due to a flare-up of a chronic right knee problem.

"He has had an injection for the knee issue last Monday and will now undertake a rehabilitation and conditioning programme to address both injuries.

"Ben Stokes' torn left hamstring is progressing well, at just over two weeks since he sustained the injury in the build-up to the second Test against Pakistan.

"He can bat fully and is now able to run at 90 percent capacity. He will commence his return to bowling programme this week."

Minus Stokes and Woakes, England will look to wrap up an ODI series victory over Australia by winning the third one-dayer in Nottingham on Tuesday, which is a day/night clash.

They can be backed at 8/13 to win at Trent Bridge, with Jos Buttler 6/1 to be top team batsman for England and 12/1 to be named as man of the match.

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