England’s talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes has undergone another finger surgery to treat his left hand’s index finger and as a result, he is unlikely to feature in the Ashes 2021/22. Stokes, who is on an indefinite break from cricket, sustained the injury while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2021 in April.
The Daily Mirror gave the update on Wednesday. The report added that Leeds-based consultant Doug Campbell reassessed and removed metal screws from Stokes’ finger on Monday and treated the scar tissue that was causing problems to the all-rounder.
Second surgery has been successful
Positive news regarding Stokes is that the second surgery, which he underwent recently, has been reportedly successful even though the all-rounder is doubtful to play in the upcoming Ashes tour. It added that Ben Stokes will be out of action for a lengthy period in order to heal his finger completely.
The 30-year-old has missed plenty of cricketing action after sustaining the injury in April. He made his international comeback in July after undergoing his first surgery and led The Three Lions to a 3-0 ODI win over Pakistan before announcing an indefinite break from cricket in July to focus on his mental well-being and to heal his finger. Subsequently, Stokes missed the 5-match Test series against India at home and was omitted from England’s 2021 T20 World Cup squad.
England forced to replace Sam Curran with Tom Curran
England chose a robust squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. But they recently had to implement a forced change in their side as all-rounder Sam Curran sustained a lower-back injury while playing in IPL 2021 and was ruled out of the mega tournament. His brother Tom Curran has been added to the main squad from the traveling reserves, while Reece Topley has been added in the traveling reserves.
England T20 World Cup squad
Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Traveling reserves: Liam Dawson, Reece Topley, James Vince