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Ben Stokes all set for competitive return following broken finger, likely to play against India

Ben Stokes is an English all-rounder who suffered a broken finger while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended 2021 Indian Premier League. However, two months since, he is all set to return to competitive action for Durham in the T20 Blast.

Ben Stokes all set for competitive return following broken finger, likely to  play against India-ayh
London, First Published Jun 8, 2021, 5:38 PM IST
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English all-rounder Ben Stokes is all set for a return to competitive cricket as he is to play for Durham in a game in the T20 Blast. He recently recovered from a broken finger, reports ESPNCricinfo.

Stokes had suffered the injury while fielding for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended Indian Premier League 2021, which was his first game of the season. Following the same, he was ruled out entirely, while he underwent surgery on the same and was rehabilitating for the past two months.

His return to the T20 Blast is yet to be confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Meanwhile, he is expected to play against Lancashire on June 14 or a game between June 15-20.

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"I'm able to bowl, I'm able to get in the gym, and I'm able to hit some balls again. I'm at an exciting point of my recovery where full-on training is not that far away, and then, I can start thinking about playing in a match again," he had written in his column for Mirror earlier.

Stokes return would be a boost for England. Although he looks set to miss out on the limited-overs home series against Sri Lanka, starting June 19, he could target a comeback in the limited-overs against Pakistan, an ideal warm-up ahead of the five Tests against India for the Pataudi Trophy from August.

Furthermore, he is likely to play for RR when the IPL 2021 possibly resumes in September-October. RR is currently placed fifth and desperately needs his services to challenge for the playoffs.

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