However, it is believed that the 26-year-old’s injury is not that serious to put his highly-anticipated return to Test cricket against New Zealand in jeopardy,ESPNCricinfo reported.
Stokes learned on Monday, after a hearing at Bristol Crown Court, that he will face trial in August on a charge of affray alongside two other men, and the next day England announced Anderson will once again be Joe Roots deputy for a two-match campaign which starts in Auckland next week.
The opening warm-up match would have been Stokes’ first match since his last Test appearance against West Indies in September 2017 after which he was ruled out the Ashes series in the wake of his alleged involvement in a scuffle outside a Bristol City nightclub on September 25.
Besides Stokes, all-rounder Chris Woakes and Craig Overton will also miss the opening practice match due to hamstring and quad injuries respectively.
The opening two-day warm-up match between England and New Zealand XI is slated to be held at Hamilton on Wednesday.
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A minor back injury to England allrounder Ben Stokes has ruled him out of the first two-day warm-up fixture against New Zealand XI in Hamilton, starting from Wednesday (March 14). It is believed that the setback is not serious enough to put his highly-anticipated Test return – against New Zealand next week – in jeopardy.
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England allrounder Ben Stokes, who will return to the longest format of cricket in the two-Test series against New Zealand from next Thursday in Auckland, will not take up the vice-captaincy role for the team. The 26-year old, who will be playing his first Test since the drunken brawl incident outside a nightclub in Bristol last September, will be replaced by veteran seamer James Anderson, who has held the role in his absence during the Ashes in December.
However, Anderson had to deputise as Stokes missed the Ashes having been charged along with two other men – Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale – following an incident in Bristol in September, when he was arrested during a night out after the one-day international against West Indies.
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The 35-year old fast bowler, who was praised by coach Trevor Bayliss for his performance last week, spoke to BBC and said that he was delighted when skipper Joe root approached him to continue with the role.
“I’m delighted Joe has asked me to do it again for this series. It doesn’t change my role in the team a huge amount,” the right-armer said. He further went on to add that he will help the players on the field when they need any advice. “I see myself as a senior player and I’m there for people if they need advice. Certainly, if Joe needs help on the field, I’m there for him,” he said.
The fast bowler, who has played 134 Tests for his country, added that as a senior player, it is his duty to help his captain in the middle. “It’s a big group effort when we go on the field, so it’s important that we get that right. It’s not just my job; it’s Joe’s, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad have plenty of experience, and the coaches as well who have been around the block. It’s our job to help out where we can and try to help this team progress,” he said.
England went on to win the 5-match ODI series by 3-2 against New Zealand. The series marked the return of Stokes in England colours and paved his way back to the team.