Ben Stokes Ramps Up Bowling Commitment, Stays as Specialist Batsman

Ben Stokes continued his progress towards being a fully functional all-rounder on Wednesday by bowling for 20 minutes in Rajkot. He will not bowl in England’s next three Tests in India, though.

After having surgery on his left knee at the end of November, the England captain has been bowling more on this trip. After a first practice session before the second Test in Visakhapatnam, he has been gradually raising the amount of overs he bowls. On Tuesday, he bowled three overs at about “70 percent,” and on Wednesday, a day before the third Test, he did the same thing.

Stokes Confirms Bowling Absence for Series

Stokes has said again that he will not bowl in this match. But his growth so far, even at this early stage, makes it look like he will be able to play as an all-rounder in the T20 World Cup in June in the Caribbean and the US.

Stokes said, “No, I still won’t bowl in this series.” As a promise to my physiotherapist, I won’t get loose enough to bowl, even if everything feels fine because it would be too dangerous.

“That’s fine. Now and then, little and often. I got better since the last Test match when I bowled around. I’m just getting more confident.

Ben Stokes Confirms Bowling Absence

Stokes’ Limited Role in 50-Over

Stokes bowled in a real game for the last time in June 2023, during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Because of how bad his left knee was, he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play in the 50-over World Cup until August when he finally took up ODIs again.

England lost in the group rounds even though the 2019 hero was back, which did not help them defend their world title. One problem that came up during a bad season was that the XI wasn’t balanced. Stokes could only play as a bowler, which made the situation even worse.

Stokes Withdraws from IPL

Ben Stokes will want to make things right by defending the T20 World Cup since he helped England win it in 2022. Ben Stokes has a busy year ahead of him in 2024. He will lead England in home Test matches against the West Indies and Sri Lanka, and he will also go on tours to Pakistan and New Zealand before the end of the year.

Stokes has already quit the IPL. He played for Chennai Super Kings last year and wants to control how much work he has to do. For now, he’s happy with how his body is getting better, especially since the rest of his body is getting used to the demands of fast bowling.

Stokes Withdraws from IPL

“We don’t have a plan with where I go with my intensity,” said Stokes. “That’s how I felt at the time, and I’m not planning too far ahead.” Several times, I’ve said that the rest of my body needs to learn how to bowl. It was one more step forward.

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