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Stokes hits Lord's fastest Test century

Ben Stokes was on fire. Credit: PA

Alastair Cook's 27th Test century and the fastest ever at Lord's from Ben Stokes transformed the first Investec Test as England went from a position of peril to one of dominance.

England arrived on day four with backs-to-the-wall defiance apparently the best they could hope for after conceding a 134-run first-innings deficit to New Zealand.

Stokes drove brilliantly down the ground too, and hit 15 fours and three sixes in his 85-ball century - the second of his career, just two days after he fell short with 92 in the first innings here.


Stokes to miss World Twenty20 after punching locker

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the ICC World Twenty20 due to a hand injury. Credit: PA

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of this month's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with a fractured hand, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

Chris Woakes has been added to the 15-man squad to replace Stokes, who suffered the injury when he struck a locker in the dressing-room following his dismissal in the Twenty20 international against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.

"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England - it was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour," Stokes said in an ECB statement.

"I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."