“Looking forward to getting back into it” – Ben Stokes gives hints at bowling full tilt
By SMCS - Feb 1, 2024 6:00 pm
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England captain Ben Stokes has shared that he will not bowl in the second Test against India in Visakhapatnam, but he is slowly getting back into rhythm. However, Stokes hasn’t bowled in professional cricket since the 2023 Ashes series at home due to his knee issue. The veteran all-rounder underwent knee surgery before heading to India for the ongoing five-match Test series as well.

Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes
Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes

Speaking at a presser, he was quoted as saying by The Telegraph: “You will see me bowl tomorrow. I did say that this trip is a back to bowling programme for me. You have seen me do a lot of running and that has been part of it. Tomorrow is just the start of low-impact bowling, get the rest of my body going again and just gradually keep building that up. I won’t be bowling in the game. It is a lot easier [not bowling]. But I am looking forward to getting back into it.”

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However, England played with three spinners and only one seamer in Mark Wood which was a risky move ahead of the first Test. But they registered a 28-run win within four days as well. Stokes also added that the run-out of Ravindra Jadeja in the fourth innings in Hyderabad wouldn’t have been possible prior to his knee surgery.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes looking forward to playing in IPL2023

“I honestly don’t think so. I think I would have been thinking about my movements, whereas then I didn’t have to. I’m not rehabbing for the sake of it. I’m just trying to keep on top of it and everything is ok,” he shared.