LATEST NEWS: Big boost for England as all-rounder Ben Stokes is ADDED to their Ashes squad after taking a break from the game to focus on his sanity and recovering from a badly broken finger.
- England have gotten a big boost with Ben Stokes added to the Ashes squad
- The SUV had taken a break from the game to prioritize his mental health
- Stokes also needed surgery on a broken finger suffered during the IPL.
- He posted videos showing him grabbing a bat on social media without pain last week.
England got a big boost from Ashes today when Ben Stokes joined their squad to take on Australia.
The 30-year-old Stokes has been absent from the England squad since the summer when he took an indefinite break to focus on the badly broken finger injury playing in the IPL and to protect his sanity.
But a second operation on his left index finger finally repaired the damage and prompted Stokes to post encouraging videos on social media of him gripping a bat without pain.
Ben Stokes has been added to the England team for this winter’s Ashes tour of Australia
Stokes was the hero of Headingley in 2019 and this time he will look forward to more talismanic feats.
Now England, who have always said they will welcome their talisman when ready, have avoided a ‘won’t’ saga during the biggest test series of all by adding you to their expanded Ashes squad.
He will depart with the testing specialists and the Lions team on November 4.
“I had a break to prioritize my mental well-being and they ordered my finger,” Stokes said today. ‘I’m looking forward to seeing my teammates and being on the field with them. I’m ready for Australia. ‘
Ashley Giles, Managing Director England, added: “ After a very successful operation on his finger and several conversations over the last few weeks between Ben and myself, our medical staff and his management team, Ben called to tell me he was ready. to return to cricket and was excited to play a major role in Ashes.
‘Time and time again Ben has shown how important he is to the England team and having him available for the Ashes is great news for all of us. Having not played for some time, we will proceed cautiously over the next several weeks to make sure he is fully prepared. ”
Stokes had posted videos on social media showing him hitting and then bowling in recent weeks, raising hopes that he would return for the Ashes, which will start in Brisbane on Dec. 8.
Sportsmail He also reported that Stokes held a private hitting session on the indoor nets at Emirates Riverside in Chester-le-Street.
In that video, he hit several pitches in the armpits of English physio Craig de Weymarn, who ventured north to check on his progress after a second surgical procedure on his left index finger two weeks ago.
The 30-year-old star also posted a video of him hitting on Durham’s indoor nets recently.
The England’s Test vice-captain suffered a broken finger while trying to catch a Chris Gayle overhead drive in an IPL game in April.
Stokes returned to play 11 weeks after the fracture, but the operation was unsuccessful and affected his ability to hit.
It was a factor that led him to take a break shortly after captaining England’s 50-year-old side in a 3-0 win over Pakistan.
Stokes captained England’s second team in one day for a series win over Pakistan in July.