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England’s Ben Stokes planning allrounder return, has ‘actually good plan’ to take care of long-term knee damage

Ben Stokes has dominated out the potential for bowling on the World Cup, however says he has “a very good plan” in place to beat his persistent left-knee damage and play as a “real allrounder” subsequent summer season.

Stokes performed the ultimate three Exams of this summer season’s Ashes sequence as a specialist batter and can fulfil the identical function when he returns to England’s ODI aspect on Friday, most definitely at No. 4. He declined to elaborate on his plan to handle his damage, however didn’t rule out the prospect of surgical procedure between the World Cup and England’s Take a look at tour to India early subsequent yr.

Chatting with the press for the primary time since popping out of ODI retirement, Stokes stated that he had been unable to withstand the prospect of being concerned in England’s defence of the trophy they gained for the primary time at Lord’s 4 years in the past: “Going to India and making an attempt to defend the World Cup was an enormous purpose.”

Stokes admitted he felt bodily and mentally “exhausted” after the Ashes however took a break from the sport in August, spending time on vacation and opting out of the Hundred. Throughout that point off, he resumed conversations with Matthew Mott and Jos Buttler that had began lengthy earlier than and instructed them that he was accessible for choice.

He’ll characteristic in England’s 4 ODIs towards New Zealand over the following eight days earlier than flying to India on the finish of the month. And whereas he stated that the World Cup is “the one factor I am fascinated about”, Stokes revealed that he has been chatting with medical specialists to plan a long-term plan for his knee.

“It has been a very good probability to relaxation up and get into a very good place for these one-dayers and the World Cup afterwards,” he stated. “I’ve had some good conversations with specialists in numerous fields round rehab and a plan going ahead after the World Cup. There would be the potential of one thing occurring after the World Cup.”

He instructed the BBC: “There’s truly fairly a very long time off after the World Cup. I have been having some good conversations with some specialists [about] rehab and physios, the surgeons, the fellows who know what they’re doing. There’s a plan in place. I do know what is going on to occur; I simply do not assume now’s the suitable time to say what I am doing.

“Once we do what we have to do to present myself an opportunity of getting again to being a real allrounder, there will likely be a time once I can say what I am doing. We have now obtained an excellent plan in place. I need to be taking part in subsequent summer season as a real allrounder; this winter is all about taking part in this World Cup, then getting this knee sorted.”

Whereas Stokes didn’t specify the small print of his plan, he seems unlikely to play a lot of a job with the ball throughout England’s five-Take a look at sequence in India. He can even have to debate the potential for a retention on his INR 16.25 crore (£1.6 million) contract with Chennai Tremendous Kings within the coming months, although stated that IPL 2024 is “too far-off to fret about”.

Stokes give up ODIs final yr citing an unsustainable schedule, and insisted on Thursday that on the time, he didn’t envisage altering his thoughts. “Again then, it was: ‘I am executed’,” he stated. “However as time goes on and the alternatives come nearer and nearer, you assume fully in another way to once I made the choice.

“There have been clearly a whole lot of issues to consider. At the beginning, I wanted to see how I obtained by way of the Ashes after which take into consideration what I had after the World Cup. After I felt like I needed to decide and make myself accessible, it was a simple one to make.”

The lure of changing into back-to-back 50-over world champions proved too sturdy to withstand. “The phrases ‘World Cup’ are fairly inspiring,” Stokes added. “Going into this one as world champions, taking part in a component in that in 2019, which was an unbelievable second for us as a crew and myself… the thought of stepping into and probably having the ability to win back-to-back World Cups was one of many huge issues.

“Everybody is aware of – and it isn’t conceited for us to say – that we’re an excellent crew. We have got an excellent depth of personnel to have the ability to select from and our document for the reason that World Cup has been superb. We like our possibilities, however the fascinated about World Cups is who can deal with the stress greatest on any given day.”

Stokes doesn’t anticipate it’ll take him lengthy to regulate again to 50-over cricket, 14 months after his final look within the format. “I’ve performed 100 video games, so I do have some concept of the way to do it,” he stated, laughing. “Coming in and never being captain can truly be fairly refreshing.”

Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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