Monday, 5 June, 2023

Stokes set to start IPL as batsman only: Hussey

England Test captain Ben Stokes is set to begin the Indian Premier League as a batsman only after having a

cortisone injection in his troublesome left knee ahead of the Ashes, according to Mike Hussey, reports AFP. Stokes was signed by the Chennai Super Kings for an impressive fee of $1.96 million in December. But the star all-rounder was not fully fit during England's recent tour of New Zealand, and after bowling just two overs in a dramatic one-run defeat in the second Test in Wellington the 31-year-old said: "I'm not going to lie, it's i

ncredibly frustrating knowing something has been holding me back from performing as I'd like to." Super Kings batting coach Hussey, who worked with Stokes during England's victorious Twenty20 World Cup campaign in November, said he would be looked after in the latest edition of the T20 extravaganza IPL starting Friday. "My understanding is he won't be bowling much at all in the first few games of the tournament, or it might be a few weeks, I'm not 100 percent sure. But hopefully we'll get him bowling at some stage in the tournament," former Australia batsman Hussey, 47, told Britain's PA news agency and ESPNcricinfo.