Ben Stokes injury: England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes sustained a knee injury on the second day of play of the first match of Ashes 2021 on Thursday. The southpaw sustained the injury during the 29th over of the Australian innings while trying to chase and stop a ball towards the boundary.
Stokes had a forgetful day as he conceded 50 runs in his nine-over spell including 14 no-balls. Touted as England’s weaponry on the Australian soil, the all-rounder got out cheaply in the first innings on Day 1 after scoring 5 runs.
“Obviously Ben has hurt himself on the field today so didn’t bowl full pace at the back end of the day. Think our medical guys will assess him overnight and see how he is. Other than that the guys are okay,” England bowling coach Jon Lewis told ESPNCricinfo.
The Australian side is well-poised in the match with a mammoth lead of 196 runs and still three wickets in hand. Travis Head remained unbeaten on 112* runs and scored his third century off just 85 deliveries. He will start Day 3 with Mitchell Starc who is unbeaten on 10* runs.
“Our preparation probably played a part in the last session, but it is what it is, similar for both sides. I know the guys will front up again tomorrow, there’s a lot of character, I know they’ve been in some pretty sticky situations before and they’ve come through it all right. I know the guys will dust themselves down tonight,” Lewis added.
Following Warner’s wicket who departed on 94 runs, England bounced back in the game as their pacers took the next three wickets in a short span. However, Travis Head ripped apart the final session and snatched England’s comeback staged by the bowlers.
Ashes 2021-2022, 1st test, day 2, Brief Scores:
England– 147 (all-out); Australia 343/7 (Travis Head 112*, David Warner 94, Ollie Robinson 3-48) lead by 196 runs.