Sunday Jul 18, 2021
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was brought in to captain the second-string squad for the ODI series against Pakistan, is speaking about powering his team towards a 3-0 victory, all the while experiencing excruciating pain in his injured figure.
The left-handed batsman revealed in a column for the Daily Mirror that he would not have played the ODIs, with that level of pain in his finger, under normal conditions.
However, ECB was in a crisis after a Covid outbreak in the originally-named ODI squad, which left no option but to pull in Stokes from his hiatus along with some uncapped players.
"It was a totally unexpected set of games for me and the truth is I would never have played under normal circumstances due to how much pain I was in with my left index finger. The surgery was a success after I had broken it at the IPL, but it was still so painful," wrote Stokes in the column.
"Sometimes though you just have to grin and bear it, and captaining England is one of those reasons. The finger has healed structurally, but the pain was just ridiculous for where it should be so that is why I have now had an injection to ease it for the rest of the summer," he went on to say.
"I've got a bit of a break now, which should give the steroids time to take effect and allow me to play pain-free in the Hundred and then against India. Hopefully, my finger won't be a problem by the time the India Test series comes around, because that is a huge series and one we are all desperate to perform well in," he added.
Stokes had fractured his finger mid-April during the early leg of the Indian Premier League this year, after which he had to exit the tournament mid-way.