Ben Stokes working on 'alignment' to reduce stress on back.
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Ben Stokes Working on Alignment to Lessen Pain on Lower Back

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Stokes working on 'alignment' to reduce stress on back. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes admitted it is frustrating to play the ongoing Test against New Zealand with a back injury.

Meanwhile, Stokes sustained the injury during the ODI series against the Kiwis. As a result of the back problem, he couldn’t bowl in the first Test.

However, he bowled only six overs in the ongoing Test with a shortened run-up.

It’s been [a] frustrating. I had a few injections into an injury I had when I was a kid,” Stokes said to Test Match Special. “At the same time, it’s getting slowly better. It’s a patience game, a day-to-day thing. Hopefully, in a week or two time, it will be good to go,” he added.

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Stokes along with England’s bowling coach is looking to realign his bowling action to reduce the stress.

I’m on working alignment, it’s more a long-term plan. I think if I can cancel out my dip-in, which obviously loads my lower back where I’ve had the pain recently, that will do me good in the future.

When I was looking at my paces off that [short run-up] I was bowling as fast as I normally do. I don’t think I’ll resort to that short of a run-up, but it proves to me that I don’t need to over-try. Sometimes I’ve been guilty of that,” Stokes stated.

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Meanwhile, Stokes played a handy knock of 66 in the second essay of the first Test. However, He got out softly to a Niel Wagner delivery.

I won’t look back on the dismissal with too much pleasure, but I had time at the crease which was a pleasing thing,” he said. “Going forward it’s a template I can use, I have the game to push games on but also the patience to survive,” added Stokes.

The dashing all-rounder will feature for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL.

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