While off-field controversies continue to dominate headlines in the build to the Ashes, Egland received a timely boost with the return of talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes had been out of the game for an extended period, resting to recuperate on his finger injury and his mental health. The Durham hero is one of England’s clutch players but thought it was the end for him after accidentally choking on a tablet.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mirror, Ben Stokes revealed that he feared the worst after accidentally choking on a tablet. The England all-rounder did not ascertain as to when the incident occurred, but it appears to have been on the current tour of Australia. The Ashes, is Stokes’ return to international cricket, having last featured for England in their ODI series against Pakistan earlier this year.
The Rajasthan Royals star wrote, “It was actually down to a simple tablet that went down the wrong way, and got stuck in my windpipe causing me to choke horribly before the glands in my face went into overdrive to flush it out. “
He added, “But I was on my own in my room and I couldn’t breathe as it became lodged and started to dissolve. It felt like my mouth was on fire. Without going into too much detail I have never seen as much saliva as I did on Sunday morning, it was a genuinely frightening experience.”
Ben Stokes then received some explanation from the England team doctor on why his body reacted that way. Among other pressing concerns, he was also cleared after a suspected broken arm in the build-up to the Ashes. Stokes was hit by a ball in the nets but remains hopeful of featuring in the 1st Test at Gabba.
Ben Stokes said, “I was happy to get a bit of training in, but then came a scary moment as I got hit on the forearm by a ball from our batting coach Jonathan Trott. I was in agony, and I couldn’t lift it. I thought it was broken. Thankfully the pain and reaction settled down once I was back in the dressing room and the physios could be sure it wasn’t a break.”
Managing director Ashley Giles said, “Ben seems to be going well. But we’ve still got to be steady with him because he hasn’t played a lot of cricket lately. I’m hopeful and I’d always like to be confident, but we’ve got to treat Ben carefully, as we would anyone else who’s been in that position, of not having a lot of cricket under their belts. But he’ll be a difficult man to hold back if he’s ready to go.”