England all-rounder Ben Stokes has signaled his return to playing cricket. Stokes posted a video of him gripping the bat on Monday for the first time in six months. He then posted three other videos on Thursday.
Stokes was seen practicing at an indoor facility since taking an ‘indefinite’ break from cricket in July this year. Stokes is seen timing the ball well and looks like the player is back in rhythm.
Stokes uploaded the videos on Instagram to update his fans about his injury. Stokes captioned his post, writing, “Turning in casual clothes on Thursday. This was my first ball after coming back and this happened to me, first I made sure not to break my toe. Then finally I hit the ball well.”
IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals also shared a video of him practising cricket. RR called it “A sight for sore eyes.”
England fast bowler Jofra Archer commented on the post and joked about the first delivery Stokes faced. Archer hilariously said: “First ball might be 4 anyway (doesn’t matter how they come)”.
On the other hand, Wicket-keeper batsmen Jos Buttler said: “Like riding a bike”.
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Stokes had earlier suffered a fracture on his left index finger while fielding for Rajasthan Royals in the 1st leg of the 2021 edition of IPL in April. After leaving the tournament midway Stokes underwent a surgery. In July when the first team was not available due to the covid-19 outbreak, Ben Stokes led the English team to a 3-0 victory over Pakistan. Stokes pulled himself out before the start of the test series against India. Stokes will also miss out the upcoming T20 World Cup and the 2021/22 Ashes series to focus on his mental well-being.
In October, Stokes had another surgery to remove scar tissue and two screws from the left index finger.
England’s head coach Chris Silverwood had recently said that Stokes can return for the Ashes.
“I’m gonna go back to my old answer. I’m seriously not going to put any pressure on Ben whatsoever. Ben will come back when he is ready, he’ll give me a call. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to make plans when necessary. But first and foremost, my first intent is to make sure he’s okay from a well-being point of view when he is back to perform,” Silverwood had said in a press conference.