“It’s not a no” – Ben Stokes gives a hint at resuming bowling in IND vs ENG 4th Test
By SMCS - Feb 19, 2024 10:55 am
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England captain Ben Stokes has given a hint at bowling in the fourth Test against India as England find themselves under pressure after losing heavily in Rajkot as well. The seam-bowling all-rounder stated that his knee condition has progressed a lot more quickly than he thought as well. Stokes hasn’t bowled in the three Tests of the ongoing series and he was unlikely to do so as well, having undergone surgery recently for his dodgy knee as well.

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India vs England

Speaking to the media after England’s 434-run loss in the third Test on February 18, he said saying as quoted by Sky Sports: “I have managed to get my first bowl at 100 per cent in the warm-up. I’m not going to lie, I feel really great. I felt like I could have bowled in this game but that would have been stupid. As a person I like to jump the gun a little bit but things are feeling really good. I have a whole body to get used to bowling again. It’s not a yes – but it’s not a no either. I have progressed a lot faster than I thought I would.”

However, the Durham all-rounder has good numbers with the ball, taking 197 wickets in 100 Tests at 32.07 as well. However, he last bowled in professional cricket during the Lord’s Test of the 2023 Ashes series whereas Ben Stokes believes England must learn from their disappointment series so far instead of letting it consume them.

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Team India

“Losing games for England isn’t where you want to be but games are won or lost in the head. You’ve got to learn from disappointment but use it in a positive way, not let it eat you. I know that thinking too deep into certain things can send you on a downhill spiral. It’s about what we do the next two game,” Ben Stokes concluded.