England’s wicket-keeper batsmen Jos Buttler will miss the fifth and the final test in Hobart.
England’s red ball skipper Joe Root on Sunday confirmed that Jos Buttler will be missing the pink ball test at Hobart due to a finger injury he sustained in the fourth test. Buttler has a fractured left index finger and will be returning to his home on Monday where he will be assessed further.
“It’s quite a serious injury and for him to be able to front up and put in as he did from the moment, he took that knock shows how much he cares,” said captain Joe Root after the fourth Test.
“It shows how much it means to him to play in this Test team and how much it means to him to play for England.”
Sam Billings is likely to make his pink ball debut in Hobart and will replace Jos Buttler.
Jonny Bairstow also hurt his right thumb while batting in the first innings. He was unable to take the gloves in the SCG as Ollie Pope was brought in as a substitute fielder.
The team management has said that Bairstow would fly to Hobart with the squad and his thumb will be assessed later this week.
While bowling on the second day of the 4th test, Stokes sustained a left side strain. With all the pain he batted and scored two half centuries in the test match.