Ben Stokes was “heartbroken” after learning a moment of petulance had cost him his World Twenty20 place, says England captain Stuart Broad.
The Durham all-rounder, who came out of the Ashes whitewash with his reputation enhanced, was pencilled in for a key role in this month’s tournament in Bangladesh until he fractured his right hand last week in Barbados.
Plenty of batsmen have left the Caribbean nursing broken bones in the past, but Stokes’ injury was self-inflicted after he lashed out at a locker having been dismissed for a golden duck. An official England and Wales Cricket Board statement saw the 22-year-old confess his “deep regret” for a “huge error of judgement” – but T20 skipper Broad has revealed he gave a more emotional version of events to his colleagues.
“Stokesy is obviously a passionate guy and he was disappointed, he got a fantastic ball to get out first ball,” said Broad. “He stood up and apologised to the team and was borderline in tears thinking he had let not just himself but his team-mates down and missed the chance to go to a World Cup. At 22, that is a major thing in his career so far. He has had a fantastic winter and it has been a pleasure to tour with him.
“Unfortunately he is going to be out for a couple of months probably. He was heartbroken and made his feelings very public to the guys and this will be a learning curve for him.
“He is a young guy who has a huge amount of natural flair.
“No one wants to take that away from him but hopefully he won’t rule himself out of too many World Cups doing stuff like that.”
Stokes was replaced in the squad by Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes.