England head coach Chris Silverwood has said that he will not ‘push’ all-rounder Ben Stokes to return to cricket after the hosts’ defeat in the second Test against India. Stokes has taken an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect.
The all-rounder has opted for a break to prioritize his mental well-being and rest his left forefinger, which has not fully recovered since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month. Silverwood says Stokes is ‘fine’ And England want him to come back when the all-rounder is ready in his mindset to come back and perform.
“It’s still not a deadline to be honest. The important thing is that Ben is fine, his family is fine, and he comes back strong, and when he enters the frame again, he’s in England.” is ready in his mindset to come back to perform for as we know he can, ESPNcricinfo quoted Silverwood as saying.
“I’m certainly not prompting him for answers. I don’t think it would be right to do so. There are people around him, supporting him, and when he’s ready to come back, obviously.” That we will welcome him with open arms. But till then he will get all the support he needs. There is no push from my point of view, I don’t think you can take these issues forward. I will wait,” he said. .
Mark Wood may miss the third Test against India
England’s head coach also hinted that pacer Mark Wood may be ruled out of the third Test against India. “Medics are working on that, we will find out more in the next few days. We’ll make a decision closer in time with him and our medics, Silverwood said. “But if he’s not right, he’s not right. If he tells me he’s not right then I certainly won’t motivate him to play. I’ll take care of him,” he said.
In the second Test, at the start of the fifth day, England seemed like strong contenders to win the match. But Bumrah and Shami showed class with the bat and then a scintillating bowling performance sealed the deal for the visitors.
England fought hard, but their top-order failures helped the team bundle out just 120 runs in the second innings, helping the visitors win by 151 runs.
(with ANI inputs)