IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes onboard a flight to India on Saturday.© Twitter
England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Saturday took to social media to share an image as he boarded a airplane forward of their upcoming Take a look at collection in opposition to India. Stokes, who was rested for England’s ongoing Take a look at collection in Sri Lanka, is among the many first English gamers to go away for India, whereas his different teammates, together with skipper Joe Root, are presently in Galle taking part in within the second Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka. The four-match Take a look at collection in opposition to India begins subsequent month, with the primary two video games to be staged behind closed doorways at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.
See you quickly India pic.twitter.com/TrGHG3iuy3
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) January 23, 2021
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday announced a 16-man squad together with six reserve gamers for the primary two Take a look at in opposition to India.
Aside from Stokes, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and quick bowler Jofra Archer have additionally returned to the facet because the ECB named a powerful facet to problem India in their very own yard.
Talking about Stokes and Archer’s inclusion, skipper Joe Root said that duo’s return gives their side a major boost going into a troublesome collection in opposition to a top quality Indian facet, excessive on confidence after a historic collection win in Australia.
“You communicate to any facet on this planet, these two guys coming again into it could give the squad an enormous enhance and it is definitely the case for us,” mentioned Root.
“We’re excited to see them again in and across the squad. Hopefully they’re stuffed with power and able to go after they get right here,” he added.
Stokes was final seen in motion taking part in for Rajasthan Royals within the IPL 2020 that occurred within the UAE between September and November final 12 months. Stokes had missed the primary half of the cash-rich league as a result of his father’s sickness however joined his franchise mid-way and performed a few essential knocks however could not assist his group qualify for the playoffs.
(With AFP inputs)
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