September 19, 2021, 5:27 pm

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Stokes will be away indefinitely

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England is struggling with field cricket. However, they will not seek refuge in the hope of being out of the field. Finding Ben Stokes could solve many problems for the English. But coach Chris Silverwood said the team would not send an urgent message to the all-rounder, who is taking a break from cricket.

Stokes will be out of cricket indefinitely to focus on mental health, the England board said in a statement on the last day of last month. The board then told him to give him enough time and support, said captain Joe Root and others concerned.

However, the performance of the English is reminding Stokes again and again. Stokes’ emptiness has been strongly felt so far in the ongoing series against India. The lack of balance and experience in the XI has come to the fore again and again.

England could draw from the fear of losing the first Test of the series as the last day was washed away in the rain. India went ahead in the series with a great victory in the second Test.

Seeing the plight of the team, the issue of returning Stokes came up in the press conference of Silverwood the day after the match. The England coach directly ruled out that possibility.

“There is no pressure from me. I don’t think it is possible to chase these things. I’ll wait. He will wait until he says he is ready. ”

After this five-match series against India, England has two more important campaigns like T20 World Cup and Ashes. However, in the case of Stokes, Silverwood has no thoughts about that. The England coach said Stokes could take as long as needed.

“It simply came to our notice then. I would like to reiterate that the most important thing is for Ben to be healthy, to have a good family and to be able to return, to be mentally prepared and to be able to perform for England the way we know he can. “

“I will definitely not rush him to get an answer and I don’t think he should. There are people around him and helping him. Khan will be ready to return, we will invite him with open arms. But until then, we will do whatever help he needs. ”

England’s third Test against India starts next Wednesday at Headingley.

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