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Ben Stokes has played down concerns over his knee injury, saying that it’s an old niggle that he knows how to manage. Ben Stokes had pulled up and hobbled off the field during Australia’s first innings in the first Ashes 2021/22 Test, which England lost by nine wickets.

Ben Stokes said that he was clutching his knees in the first Test because of an old injury that “looks worse than what it is” and is something that he knows how to manage.

Ben Stokes, England all-rounder
Ben Stokes, England all-rounder (Photo | AP)

Ben Stokes Knows How To Manage The Old Knee Injury

Ben Stokes had a below-par outing in the first Test. He was dismissed for five and 14 runs and returned figures of 0/65 while bowling in Australia’s first innings.

“People will have seen me rubbing my knee from time to time when I was in the field, but rest assured I’m fine. It is an old injury that flares up every now and again, but I know how to manage it,” Stokes wrote in a column.

“It just gets a little bit uncomfortable every now and again in and around my cartilage, but it just looks worse than it is by the way I try and get off it as soon as I can.”

Ben Stokes had a below par outing in the first Test. (AP Photo)
Ben Stokes had a below-par outing in the first Test. (AP Photo)

Ben Stokes recently underwent a second surgery on his broken finger. He broke his hand while taking a catch for Rajasthan Royals in the first match in India in the Indian Premier League 2021, and a repeat X-ray and CT scan revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger.

Ben Stokes Said That There Are No Excuses For Failure In The 1st Ashes Test

The first Test was Ben Stokes’s first competitive outing since July 2021 as he missed England’s home Test series against India and the T20 World Cup to take care of his mental health and recover from a finger injury. Back in July, Ben Stokes took an indefinite break from cricket to take care of his mental well-being. His last Test came against and in India in March 2021.

“Having a long break is going to show itself I guess, but there are no excuses from me,” Stokes further said.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES
“With the bat I actually felt good, until I got out in both innings. That’s all it takes. One ball and your day is ruined just like that,” he wrote.
Contrary to expectations, Ben Stokes struggled across departments as Australia cantered to a nine-wicket win at the Gabba. The 30-year old managed 19 runs in the game and leaked 65 runs in 12 overs without picking wickets.
The star all-rounder missed the New Zealand and India Test series in England, the second half of IPL 2021 at UAE, 2021 T20I World Cup to prioritize his mental wellbeing over cricket. The second Ashes Test will also be the first pink-ball Test of the series. It will be played in Adelaide from December 16.
Ben Stokes has allayed concerns about the knee injury that hampered his bowling at Brisbane last week, after coming through an energetic nets session at Adelaide ahead of Thursday’s second Ashes Test.
Ben Stokes, 30, bowled just 12 overs in England’s nine-wicket defeat in the series opener, and was in obvious discomfort during his latter spells after appearing to jar his knee while chasing a ball to the boundary. However, he was back to full pace in the Adelaide nets on Tuesday, where he bowled for an hour under the supervision of a head coach, Chris Silverwood, and also struck England’s captain Joe Root on the helmet and the arm in a lively display.