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Ashes 2023: Ben Stokes Plans Six-Month Intermission to Manage Knee Problem

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Ben Stokes, England’s Test Captain, intends to use a possible six-month hiatus from cricket to discuss his enduring left-knee condition in depth.

Owing to a scheduling peculiarity, Stokes might not participate in any cricket matches between the final Ashes Test this week and England’s first Test in India in January.

Stokes’ knee problem has limited him to bowling a mere 38 overs in Test cricket this year.

“It’s definitely something I need to address,” the 32-year-old expressed.

Stokes reiterated that he wouldn’t rescind his decision to retire from one-day internationals, despite England’s World Cup defence in October and November.

Regarding his impending break, Stokes said, “That is a suitable time to have serious discussions with medical professionals about potential solutions to my knee issue that would enable me to bowl without worry. We can have these discussions during that time off.”

Post his knee issue in England’s New Zealand tour in February, Stokes underwent a cortisone injection in March and spent most of April and May with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

Even though he only played two matches in the IPL, bowling just one over, Stokes stated prior to the commencement of England’s Test summer that his knee was in a “significantly improved condition”. However, he has since bowled only 29 overs in the Ashes, and none in the third or fourth Tests, as England adjusted their team to incorporate five bowlers along with the captain.

“The effort I put in during my time in India, the progress I made before the series, and the disappointment when my body failed me at critical times – all of this will factor into my decisions about my future role,” Stokes stated.

Post the Ashes, England’s agenda focuses solely on white-ball cricket for the rest of the year.

Stokes, who plans to vacation post the final Ashes Test at The Oval, is likely to skip The Hundred and all of England’s white-ball matches before resuming preparations for the five Tests in India in early 2024.

Having taken 197 Test wickets, Stokes is close to joining an elite club in Test cricket. Only Jacques Kallis and Garfield Sobers, undisputed legends of the sport, have achieved 200 wickets and 6,000 runs – Stokes currently boasts 6,318 runs.

Despite his recent struggles with the knee, Stokes, who practiced off-spin on Wednesday, asserts his desire to continue as an all-rounder, rather than being limited to a specialist batter role.

“I’ve been doing it since I was a kid,” he said. “It’s essential to me to be involved with the game; it’s what’s driven me to my best. The past couple of years have been frustrating because I couldn’t fulfill my role as I used to for the previous decade. It’s definitely something I want to rectify.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ben Stokes knee issue

Why is Ben Stokes taking a six-month break from cricket?

Ben Stokes is planning to take a six-month break from cricket to address his long-standing left knee issue. Due to the cricket schedule, he may not play any matches between the final Ashes Test and England’s first Test in India in January.

Will Ben Stokes reverse his decision on retiring from one-day internationals?

No, Ben Stokes confirmed he would not reverse his decision to retire from one-day internationals even for England’s World Cup defence in October and November.

What is the impact of Stokes’ knee problem on his performance?

Stokes’ knee problem has significantly impacted his performance, limiting him to bowling only 38 overs in Test cricket this year.

How is Ben Stokes planning to use his break?

Stokes plans to use the break to have serious conversations with medical professionals about potential solutions to his knee issue that would enable him to bowl without worry.

Will Stokes continue as an all-rounder?

Yes, Stokes has expressed his desire to continue his career as an all-rounder, rather than being restricted to a role as a specialist batter. Despite his recent struggles with the knee, he is determined to fulfill his role as he used to.

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5 comments

TestCricketGuru July 27, 2023 - 7:43 am

Stokes decision to take break is good move, he needs it. that knee has to be in top form. good luck Stokesy!

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AshesLover2023 July 27, 2023 - 4:42 pm

Why these injuries keep coming up? Now it’s Ben Stokes! Wishing him speedy recovery… England cricket needs him!!

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JamesCricketFan July 27, 2023 - 10:41 pm

Bit gutted to hear about Stokes’ knee problems. If only our bodies would behave, right? Hope he gets it sorted soon!

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BowlingForLife July 27, 2023 - 11:03 pm

Stokes, mate, u’re an absolute legend. Can’t wait to see u back in the game, bowling those magic overs.

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JustSarah July 28, 2023 - 12:23 am

So sad that Ben Stokes is having this knee problem. But love his spirit. Can’t wait for his comeback.

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