England all-rounder Ben Stokes issues positive update on finger injury after being left out of Ashes squad

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Ben Stokes suffered a finger injury during the  first window of the IPL in April  (AP)
Ben Stokes suffered a finger injury during the first window of the IPL in April (AP)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says that he is finally able to grip a bat, six months after suffering a serious hand injury that is a contributing factor to his indefinite absence from cricket.

Stokes injured his left index finger fielding for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in April, undergoing surgery and missing the first couple of months of the summer.

He made a tentative comeback for Durham, then was pressed into emergency international duty as captain for an ODI series against Pakistan after a Covid-19 outbreak. He revealed afterwards that he had played through excruciating pain.

Following a couple of matches in the inaugural edition of the Hundred, he declared he was taking an indefinite break from the game to prioritise his mental health and allow his hand to heal.

Last week, it was revealed that he had been under the knife again, removing “two screws and scar tissue”, which will allow him to begin a rehab process with ECB medics.

On Monday he provided another positive update, posting an image on social media holding his bat. “12th April broken finger,” read the captain. “11th October first time since breaking being able to get it round my handle”.

Expressing his pleasure at the development, Stokes added: “Ohhh aye lad”.

When Stokes will next be seen on a cricket field is unclear. He will not be involved in England’s T20 World Cup campaign this month, and was left out of the Ashes squad that was named on Sunday.

He is still some weeks from full physical fitness, and must then establish whether he is mentally ready to return to the game.

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