The Ashes 2023: Ben Stokes to make use of six-month hole to deal with knee concern

The Ashes 2023: Ben Stokes to use six-month gap to address knee issue

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Venue: The Kia Oval Date: Thursday, 27 July Time: 11:00 BST
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England Test captain Ben Stokes will use a potential six-month break from cricket to have “serious conversations” about his long-term left-knee problem.

A quirk of the schedule means Stokes may not play any cricket between this week’s final Ashes Test and England’s first Test in India in January.

The knee issue has restricted Stokes to bowling only 38 overs in Test cricket this year.

“It’s something I obviously want to get sorted,” said the 32-year-old.

Stokes also confirmed he would not reverse his decision to retire from one-day internationals in order to be part of England’s World Cup defence in October…

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