After playing through extreme pain in the recent ODIs against Pakistan, England’s top all-rounder Ben Stokes is optimistic that his operated left index finger would not cause him problems during the crucial Test series against India. He admitted that the anguish compelled him to receive a pain-killing steroid injection.
Stokes will play for Northern Superchargers in the first few rounds of The Hundred before joining the England squad for the five-match Test series against India, which begins on August 4 in Nottingham.
“I’ve got a bit of a break now which should give the steroids time to take effect and allow me to play pain-free in the Hundred and then against India,” Stokes said as quoted by ‘Daily Mirror’.
While playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, Stokes fractured his finger. In June and early July, he played six T20 Blast games for Durham, although he was not intended to play in the ODI or T20I leg of Pakistan’s visit until a spate of COVID-19 cases in the England camp pushed the entire squad into self-isolation.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had no choice but to call Stokes and assign him captaincy at the last minute. England won the series by 3-0.