Ben Stokes rumoured to be back in time for the Ashes following finger recovery

The Durham allrounder sparks speculations regarding the Ashes tour with a photo of him gripping the bat for the first time since April.

Will Ben Stokes play for the Ashes in Perth?
© Getty Images
Will Ben Stokes play for the Ashes in Perth?

The English cricket all-rounder Ben Stokes posted his injured index finger wrapped around his bat on Instagram, two days after the Ashes line-up was announced by coach Chris Silverwood. Stokes could finally grip his bat after a gruesome injury last April.

Discover our latest podcast

Ben Stokes stoked his fans

The Man of the Match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup had his finger fractured while playing in the Indian Premier League last April. His injury has prevented him from playing since then. During his six-month hiatus, the all-rounder has decided to focus on nursing back his physical heath and 'prioritise his mental wellbeing.'

Nevertheless, Ben Stokes took to Instagram earlier this week to tease his fans about a possible come-back.

Ben Stokes, Instagram

Last week, Stokes underwent a successful surgery, which could see him back on the pitch sooner rather than later. The news of his speedy recovery raises hopes of his fans as they envision him being a part of the legendary Ashes Cricket Test series, which will begin in Australia in December.

The Ashes 2021

On Sunday 10 October, the official line-up for the English cricket team was announced and, as to be expected, Ben Stokes wasn't on the roster. While disclosing the 17-player list, coach Silverwood did not want to indulge in the speculations of the return of Stokes.

Fans are eagerly awaiting the return of the Ashes, as it was cancelled last year due to COVID. Now, more than ever, it is England’s time to bring back the ‘ashes.’ Even though it will be a challenge with legendary players like Jofra Archer and Olly Stone injured, as well as quarantine restrictions imposed on the England touring party, Silverwood and the squad are certain of a good game.

Fans could be back at stadiums in UK by May 17th Fans could be back at stadiums in UK by May 17th