England all-rounder and Test captain Ben Stokes will undergo knee surgery after the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in India. Stokes confirmed the development in a press conference ahead of the game against Australia in Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium. The Three Lions have had a dismal World Cup, with just one win over six games.
Stokes has been dealing with this knee issue for a long time now that didn't allow him to bowl during the World Cup in India. Talking about his recovery, Stokes revealed that he will return for England's tour to India for a five-match Test series, starting on 25 January.
Speaking in the press conference, He said, "There was a lot of time put into deciding when to get it done. Obviously, the India Test series which we start at the end of January, I should be fine to go by then."
Stokes also spoke about his conversations with the medical staff and confirmed that the injury wasn't career-threatening. He said, "I always go down with the docs and the physios and they use language that I've never heard before," he said. "There's obviously something that needs to be operated on. I'll switch off and let the surgeon do what he does best, which is fix knees."
Coming back to the World Cup, Ben Stokes talked about how England still has a "lot to play for," before adding that games against Australia are "always a big occasion". Stokes said, "We've had a disastrous World Cup and there's no point sugar-coating that because it's the truth. The biggest thing we've got to play for is obviously the pride of what it is to put the three Lions on your chest."