- Stokes looks to tackle persistent knee problem
- Test captain aims to use gap between World Cup and India Test Series
- Durham star hopes to return to bowling
England Test captain Ben Stokes has announced a strategic plan to tackle the persistent problem with his left knee, paving the way for his return to international one-day cricket. Stokes, 32, retired from one-day internationals last year but is set to make a comeback in the World Cup scheduled for October and November in India, where England are defending champions, having won the trophy in 2019.
Stokes hoping treatment can restore his all rounder status
Stokes, who has been unable to bowl due to his knee condition, intends to utilise the window between the World Cup and the Test series in India in January to undergo the necessary treatment. Stokes indicated that while he is aware of the course of action, he is not ready to disclose the specifics at this time.
Addressing his comments made during the Ashes regarding his potential participation in the World Cup, Stokes revealed that he made those statements to alleviate constant questioning about the event. He acknowledged that discussions regarding his return for the World Cup had been ongoing well before the official announcement in August.
Stokes expressed confidence in the plan that has been devised, emphasising the importance of getting back to his all-rounder status. He looks forward to resuming action next summer with a fully rehabilitated knee.
For the 2023 tournament, Stokes has been selected as a specialist batter, a decision that has been well-received by white-ball captain Jos Buttler. Buttler stated that the decision to include Stokes was made with a clear understanding that he would not be bowling during the competition.
The return of Stokes has resulted in adjustments to England’s squad, with Harry Brook initially left out but subsequently called up to provide cover for injured players ahead of the New Zealand series.
Stokes welcomed the competition for places in the team, considering it a sign of a robust squad. He emphasised that the pressure on individuals to perform indicates the team’s depth and competitiveness, a positive sign for England as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup.
Bettors need to monitor the form of Stokes going into the World Cup. Stokes was a key part of England’s World Cup win in 2019 and, even when included solely as a batter is a huge influence.An inform Stokes will be a massive boost to England’s chances.
Looking further ahead, should Stokes recover his allrounder status this will benefit England in both red and white ball cricket.