Ben Stokes out of Sri Lanka series

Ben Stokes during an England training session on March 11, 2016
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A persistent knee injury rules England all-rounder Ben Stokes out of the remainder of the Test series against Sri Lanka.

Ben Stokes has confirmed that he will play no further part in England's ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.

The all-rounder aggravated a long-standing knee problem during last week's first Test.

It was initially thought that Stokes would only miss Friday's second Test at his home ground in Durham, but the 24-year-old has now revealed that he will also sit out the final meeting at Lord's on June 9.

"Devastated to be missing the rest of the series,this has been a ongoing issue for 2/3 years which I've managed to play through until now," he tweeted.

"All the best to the lads in the rest of the series, see you down at @DurhamCricket in the crowd."

Stokes is also expected to miss the upcoming limited-overs series, as well as being a doubt for the summer's Test clashes against Pakistan.

Ben Stokes on his knees on January 23, 2016
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