Ben Stokes, the England Test captain, is currently unable to bowl and is functioning solely as “batting cover,” according to his coach at Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. This development raises concerns over his fitness just weeks before the Ashes series.
Chennai Super Kings purchased Ben Stokes for $1.96 million in early April, and he played only two matches before getting sidelined with a toe injury. Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming mentioned on April 21 that Ben Stokes had experienced “another little setback,” but did not provide specific details about the nature of the setback.
According to recent reports, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming confirmed on Sunday that Ben Stokes is still unable to bowl.
Suggestions indicate that Stokes will return to Britain after Chennai’s final group game, despite the team’s apparent likelihood of qualifying for the next round. Former New Zealand captain and Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming stated that they are currently second on the table and do not intend to make drastic changes after a loss where things didn’t go their way.
England’s Ashes plans have suffered another setback as fast bowler Jofra Archer withdrew from the IPL due to injury last week.
In preparation for the crucial Australia series, which begins on June 16 in Birmingham, England has scheduled a one-off Test against Ireland, set to start on June 1.
This is published in logicalbaat, on 16 May, 2023.