England got some good news before their next game in the 2023 World Cup. Ben Stokes is now fit to play again after missing three games due to an injury. The experienced all-rounder will be back in action for their match against South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
On Friday, the ICC posted a video to show how Ben Stokes is getting ready for the upcoming game during his practice in the nets. Stokes seemed to be in excellent form, hitting the ball well on all sides of the field. English captain Jos Buttler was also in the video, expressing his happiness about Stokes rejoining the team.
You can watch the video here:
“I am certain in my mind that I would also play Harry Brook”- Michael Atherton discusses who might be substituted by Ben Stokes in the England XI
Former English cricketer Michael Atherton suggested that the England team management should keep Harry Brook in the lineup alongside Ben Stokes in the middle order, and consider dropping a different player to make room for both. In his conversation with Sky Sports, Atherton stated:
“I am certain in my mind that I would also play Harry Brook so the problem England have to solve is on the balance of the side.”
”Do they play Liam Livingstone at No. 7 as one of five bowlers with Joe Root as the sixth bowler or do they pick two out-and-out-bowlers alongside Reece Topley, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood?”
He also voiced worry regarding the underwhelming displays of the bowling all-rounders Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.
“The form of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran is a real concern and they are both very vulnerable.”
”Curran is going at over eight an over, Woakes at seven and a half runs an over and they have only taken a couple of wickets each.”
“Curran has been expensive in the middle overs and Woakes in the powerplay, leaving England chasing the game.”