Freak accident rules Foakes out of NZ Test series

Afp, London

27 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Freak accident rules Foakes out of NZ Test series

Sam Billings was called into the England squad for the two Test series with New Zealand on Wednesday after Ben Foakes was ruled out with a torn hamstring due to a freak accident.

Foakes was due to play his first home Test -- all eight previous Test appearances have been abroad -- but he tore his left hamstring when he slipped on what is believed to be a sock in the Surrey dressing room on Sunday.

The 28-year-old joins talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes and paceman Jofra Archer in being sidelined for the Kiwi series which gets underway at Lord's next Wednesday.

Archer, out with an elbow problem, suffered a similar freak accident earlier this year when his fish tank broke while he was cleaning it and a piece of glass lodged in a finger.

Foakes could face three months out which would place in doubt his availability for the five Test series with India in August.