England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes is not returning to the field anytime soon. Stokes who is currently on indefinite mental health break, underwent a second operation on a troublesome finger on Wednesday. Stokes suffered a left index finger injury while fielding in the IPL 2021 in April and had played through ridiculous pain to captain England against Pakistan and the Northern Superchargers in the inaugural Hundred.
The all-rounder remains on an indefinite mental health break, and no return date has been mentioned, certainly ruling him out of the Ashes later this year.
- Ben Stokes suffered a finger injury during a game for Rajasthan Royals in April, ruling him out of Phase 1
- He returned early for Durham and England, playing through “incredible pain” and taking painkilling injections.
- Stokes featured for Northern Superchargers on July 26, which remains his last cricketing action.
- He announced four days later that he was taking an indefinite break from cricket to work on his finger and mental health.
- Stokes underwent a second operation to remove screws and quicken the healing process.
- The surgery is unrelated to his availability for the Ashes, which kicks off on December 8 in Australia.
- His participation for the Ashes does seem likely, but Stokes could return next year, with England set for separate one-day and Test tours of the Caribbean in late January and March. There is no pressure on the all-rounder to make himself available, as the team management have allowed him to recover alone with his family.