11 Dec 2019
Ben Stokes cleared to bowl in South Africa: Details here
Stokes, who was suffering from a troubled knee during the final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, underwent a thorough medical evaluation, while his bowling status for South Africa was doubtful.
Stokes was uncomfortable with his knee throughout his bowling spell
As for Stokes, he was in a visible discomfort while bowling throughout his two-over spell.
Following the final delivery of his second over, he was not at all comfortable, as he pulled up and held his knee, while team physio checked on him.
Stokes was barred from bowling any further, however, he was given a green signal to continue as a fielder.
Stokes confirms his knee is alright
Speaking on his knee, Stokes said that it is alright, while the good news is that the MRI scans did not show any major concerns.
"I just need to toughen up I guess but it's alright and it's just treatment now. I will be fine to bowl [in South Africa]," he was quoted as saying to talkSPORT.
Stokes had injured his left knee three years back
It is to be noted that Stokes had injured his left knee in the past, as he tore cartilage and had to undergo knee surgery in May 2016.
However, the injury flared up again prior to England's ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign.
As he underwent another scan before the tournament, he was given thumbs up and went on to play the tournament.
Some records held by Stokes
Following are some of the records held by Stokes:
- He is the fastest to notch 250-run knock in Tests (196 balls).
- He has scored the second-fastest double hundred in Tests (163 balls).
- He has hit the second-highest number of sixes in a Test innings (11).
- He has scored the highest knock batting at number six in a Test innings (258).
England up for a tough Proteas campaign
England are all set to tour South Africa for a tough series. They begin with a four-Test series which is part of the ICC World Test Championship. The tour would be followed by three ODIs, from February 4 and three T20Is, starting February 12.