Ben Stokes takes indefinite break from cricket to ‘prioritise mental wellbeing’ as England star withdraws from Test squad to face India

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Ben Stokes takes indefinite break from cricket to 'prioritise mental wellbeing' as England star withdraws from Test squad to face India


Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from cricket to prioritise his mental wellbeing, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced.

The England superstar has withdrawn from the Test squad due to face India next week.

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Stokes will take time away from cricket

He will also use his time away from the game to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month.

Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: “Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing.

“Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.

Stokes will be fully supported by the ECB during his time away from the game

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Stokes will be fully supported by the ECB during his time away from the game

“Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging. The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone’s wellbeing.”

“Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future.”

Stokes will be replaced in the squad by Somerset’s Craig Overton.





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