Knee issue means Stokes unlikely to bowl on day two of second Test

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is unlikely to bowl on day two of the second Test against New Zealand at Hamilton.

Stokes was restricted to just two expensive overs on the opening day because of experiencing pain in his left knee, an area he admitted he was managing during the first Test at Mount Maunganui.

He briefly bowled on the practice strip with a heavily strapped left knee before play but it is thought he is likely to be restricted to a fielding brief as England look for the remaining seven New Zealand wickets.

Ben Stokes in action on day one
Ben Stokes in action on day one

Tom Latham’s unbeaten 101 formed the backbone of New Zealand’s 173 for three at Seddon Park on a truncated day where only 54.3 overs were possible – and just three balls in the final session – because of an afternoon thunderstorm.

That has led to play starting half an hour earlier at 10.30am local time (9.30pm GMT), with 98 overs scheduled.