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Until it actually came out, I thought this might be the end: Ben Stokes after choking on tablet

The 30-year-old last donned national colours in July while leading a second-string England side to 3-0 series win over Pakistan.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 29 November 2021 11:07 am

Highlights
  • Stokes recalled the incident when a tablet got stuck in his windpipe while he was alone in hotel room.
  • Stokes missed the T20 World Cup due to a mental health break.
  • Stokes is likely to play a key role in the upcoming Ashes set to begin on December 8.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes disclosed how a small tablet proved to be an obstruction in the way of his hopes of playing in the Ashes series. He recalled the incident when a tablet got stuck in his windpipe while he was alone in a hotel room but he was later able to take the tablet out after a lot of struggle.

Notably, Stokes had recently announced his decision to play in the Ashes after missing out from the home series against India as well as the T20 World Cup due to a mental health break. He had taken time off to prioritise his mental health as well as give time to himself to heal completely from a finger injury.

Tablet got stuck in my windpipe: Stokes

“It was actually down to a simple tablet that went down the wrong way, and got stuck in my windpipe causing me to choke horribly before the glands in my face went into overdrive to flush it out. Until it actually came out, I thought this might be the end. We’ve all had those moments when something gets stuck in the throat, and usually, someone can help you out,” Stokes wrote in his column for Daily Mirror.

“But I was on my own in my room and I couldn’t breathe as it became lodged and started to dissolve. It felt like my mouth was on fire. The team doctor came to see me straight away and she explained what had happened with the body reacting the way it did. I’m glad it did, even though I was a mess,” he added.

Stokes set to play a key role in the Ashes series

The 30-year-old last donned national colours in July while leading a second-string side to 3-0 series win over Pakistan. And now Stokes is likely to play a key role in the upcoming Ashes series set to begin on December 8.

There are all kinds of drama revolving around Cricket Australia with a new captain Pat Cummins leading the Aussies after the sexting scandal. England will look to take advantage of all this during this tour Down Under.

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