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Broad: Stokes 'heartbroken'

Captain Stuart Broad has revealed Ben Stokes was 'heartbroken' after learning a moment of petulance had cost him a place in England's squad for the World Twenty20.

The Durham all-rounder fractured his right hand when he lashed out at a locker in Barbados last week after being dismissed for a golden duck.

Stokes had been pencilled in for a key role in the team despite a struggle for form since his breakthrough towards the end of the Ashes tour.

The official word from the England and Wales Cricket Board was that Stokes had admitted his 'deep regret' for a 'huge error of judgement' but Broad painted a far more emotional picture of the events in the dressing room.

"Stokesy is obviously a passionate guy and he was disappointed, he got a fantastic ball to get out first ball," said Broad.

"He stood up and apologised to the team and was borderline in tears thinking he had let not just himself but his team-mates down and missed the chance to go to a World Cup.

"At 22, that is a major thing in his career so far. He has had a fantastic winter and it has been a pleasure to tour with him.

"Unfortunately he is going to be out for a couple of months probably. He was heartbroken and made his feelings very public to the guys and this will be a learning curve for him.

"He is a young guy who has a huge amount of natural flair. No one wants to take that away from him but hopefully he won't rule himself out of too many World Cups doing stuff like that."

Stokes was replaced in the squad by Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes, the second replacement to come from that county after Ian Bell came in for the injured Joe Root.