The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has revealed that England off-roader Ben Stokes is about to make a full recovery from the finger he suffered at IPL 2021. In the meantime, pacemaker Jofra Archer will see a medical consultant to determine the severity of his elbow problem.
The prolific off-roader was injured while making a catch to fire Chris Gayle from the Punjab Kings in the first game of the season for the Rajasthan Royals. He is expected to return to action next month for Durham in the T20 Vitality Blast.
England head coach Chris Silverwood said: “If he continues to improve without any impact on his rehabilitation, we could see him return next month for Durham in the Vitality Blast competition.”
Although his condition is improving, Stokes has been ruled out of the two-match test series at home against New Zealand. Silverwood admitted that his return will be slow, even though he has started bowling and practicing normally. According to Silverwood, Stokes is progressing in the way they expected him to be and justifies that they are “Possibly looking at the T20 Blast and then a gradual rebuild in international cricket for him.”
Silverwood also confirmed that Jofra Archer will meet with a specialist to investigate the elbow injury. Archer had trouble bowling during the second inning of the Sussex championship game last week. The fast pitcher was ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a hand injury.
The head coach hopes that Archer’s injury problems will be resolved soon. England will have to manage Stokes and Archer’s workload in the coming months as they need them in shape for the T-20 World Cup and mortal remains. The rotation policy implemented by ECB it will help keep key players fresh for the rest of the year. Silverwood’s immediate focus will be on the two-game test series against New Zealand in June before the long five-game series against India.