Ben Stokes begins ‘relaxed’ batting workout after second finger surgery

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England superstar Ben Stokes set the wheels in motion for his return to international cricket as he completed his first round of “relaxed” batting workouts on Thursday, more than a week after undergoing second finger surgery.

Ben Stokes injured his left index finger while lining up for the Rajasthan Royals at the IPL in April. He returned home and had an operation.

He played and captained England in the ODI home series against Pakistan when the main team were ruled out due to a covid-19 outbreak at their camp. He led England to a 3-0 victory, but was playing with intense finger pain and needed a pain reliever injection to get through the series.

Ben Stokes (Image credit: Twitter)

Doug Campbell, a Leeds-based consultant, operated on the general’s finger again earlier this month, removing the metal screws from the now healed finger.

He appeared in a few matches in The Hundred, for Northern Superchargers, before retiring from the Test Series against India. He has since been on indefinite hiatus to take care of his mental well-being and his finger.

Last month, Ben Stokes was left out of the T20 World Cup squad; This month, he was also not named to the Ashes team.

On Thursday, the 30-year-old took to Instagram to update his fans on his return to the game. He shared a clip of himself hitting balls into the net with England physio Craig de Weymarn.

“It’s a casual wear workout on a Thursday… Usually my first ball comes back and that’s what happened,” captioned Ben Stokes.

“Then I make sure I don’t break my toe, then hit a good one, it’s great to come back and hit balls,” he added.

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Ben Stokes, Joe Root.
Ben Stokes, Joe Root. Image-Twitter

Meanwhile, England have announced their 17-man squad for a tour of Australia for the Ashes. The first Ashes Test is scheduled for Brisbane from December 8th. Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are scheduled to host the next four tests, however, this is subject to change.

With a little less than a few months left for the first Test, Ben Stokes may be considering a comeback in the latter part of the series.

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