Ben Stokes has been a vital cog in England’s test side. His presence definitely strengthens the England team, as he adds a lot of value through his disciplined bowling and aggressive batting. According to coach Trevor Bayliss, Stokes is likely to be fit for the South Africa tour. Stokes had suffered an injury during a Test match against Pakistan in UAE.
“I’m pretty confident he will be fine,” Bayliss said. “He is not as the guy who complains too much. He has been bowling now for a few weeks so we just have to get a few overs out of him in competition and a few hours with his batting.”
“We are preparing for this tour by planning without him,” he said. “If he proves his fitness in the UAE and we do decide to bring him out here that will be an absolute bonus. There are one or two small hurdles but if he can get through and be bowling well I would expect to see him here at some stage,” Bayliss added.
“To win away from home is very difficult,” Bayliss said. “The simple fact is we are playing the best team at home. We are under no illusions it will be a difficult tour,” said Bayliss summing up the tour.