One of the biggest discussions in England cricket is the return of Ben Stokes for the Ashes series against Australia. Ben Stokes is returning to competitive cricket after a long break after taking break to take care of his mental health. However, on 28 November 2021, the all-rounder suffered a hand injury during practice. However, after Stokes' injury, the doctor and physio examined it. The 30-year-old batsman was originally ruled out of the Ashes tour, which begins at the Gabba on December 8, but Stokes made a comeback last month.
Ben Stokes suffered a side injury in the net session. There have already been several twists and turns regarding the all-rounder's participation in the series. On the injury to Stokes in the practice session, captain Joe Root said, "It was a matter of little concern. I think it happened because of the wicket, the weather. Played a few small innings here and there. It was intimidating to see Ben get hurt like this – we all know how important he is to our team. But it seems he has overcome it quite well and practiced again. We will keep assessing and ensure that it does not affect them in the long run.”
Joe Root said that it is going to be important that he prepares himself both physically and mentally to play a bigger role in this series. At the same time, England Cricket Board (ECB) Managing Director Ashley Giles revealed that Ben Stokes is doing well and having a good time. Saying that England captain Joe Root would be happy to have Ben Stokes in the England squad, Giles admitted that Stokes hasn't played cricket for a long time and that England will have to deal with the 30-year-old steadily.
Ashley Giles was quoted by The Telegraph as saying, "Looks like Ben Stokes is doing well and it's great to be with him. I know Joe Root would be happy to have him back in the team. We still have to stick with them. He hasn't played much cricket lately and is starting again to prepare."
Giles said, “It is not an ideal situation for anyone, but especially for a player who has not played cricket for a long time. In such a situation, we are all helping them in their practice and preparation. Ashley Giles also believed that England should treat Ben Stokes with caution, as he has not played much cricket. Giles also said that Stokes would be eager to return to the field once he is fully fit.
He said, “I am hopeful. We just have to treat Ben as carefully as we would with anyone else who isn't in a position to play a lot of cricket. If he is ready to play, it will be difficult to stop him." The first Ashes Test between Australia and England will start on 8 December 2021 at the Gabba.