Last Update on: July 27th, 2023 at 12:16 pm
England Test captain Ben Stokes is considering “serious conversations” about a possible surgery on his left knee after the ongoing Ashes series. He is also looking forward to leading England in the 2025-26 Ashes series.
Australia are leading the Ashes series by 2-1. They will win the series even if they manage to draw the fifth Test. However, Australia is confident of winning 3-1.
England, on the other hand, is looking to win their first Ashes series since 2015 when they won their last. Australia won 4-0 in the 2017 and 2022 Ashes series. The 2019 series was drawn 2-2. England are back at The Oval where they won by 135 runs in the 2019 Ashes Test.
Stokes, meanwhile admitted that it will not be possible for him to continue with the same determination at the highest level. He took a cortisone injection ahead of this year’s IPL to help him through that phase. However, when asked before the fifth Test, he said that he will give serious thought to a possible surgery on his left knee.
“The times I’ve seen specialists and stuff like that, there has been cricket around, so as it’s been manageable we’ve just cracked on. I was pretty broken after the Lord’s game (where his stunning 155 could not prevent Australia winning the second Test), but I still managed to walk out” said Stokes.
“I think this is a good time to have some serious conversations with medics around what I could potentially do to get a role in which I can bowl without having to worry about my knee. Those are conversations we will be able to have in that time off” he further said.
It Has Been Frustrating In the Last Couple Of Years: Ben Stokes On His Knee Injury
The England Test captain said that it is frustrating to not play with the same impact as an all-rounder in the last couple of years.
“It has been frustrating in the last couple of years, not being able to have the same impact and play the same role that I have done for the last 10 years” said Stokes.
The England skipper concluded by saying that he would love to lead the side in Australia in the 2025-26 Ashes series.
“It’d be nice to go out to Australia in 2025 and have a good chance of winning,” he said.