England Test captain Ben Stokes is contemplating surgery on his left knee after the current Ashes series. He also looks forward to leading England in the 2025-26 Ashes series.
Currently, Australia leads the Ashes series 2-1, and even a tied fifth Test ensures their victory. They exude confidence in achieving a 3-1 win.
On the other hand, England is determined to secure their first Ashes series victory since 2015, having faced losses in 2017 and 2022, with the 2019 series ending in a draw. The team draws hope from their past triumph at The Oval, where they won by 135 runs in the 2019 Ashes Test.
Stokes openly acknowledges the difficulty of maintaining the same level of determination at the highest level. To address his knee problem, he received a cortisone injection before this year’s IPL. However, he seriously contemplated knee surgery before the fifth Test.
“I have consulted specialists before, but cricket has always been there, enabling me to persevere. After the Lord’s game, where I scored an amazing 155 but couldn’t prevent Australia from winning the second Test, I felt quite broken, yet I persevered,” Stokes shared.
He firmly believes that the upcoming break offers an ideal opportunity for detailed discussions with medical experts to explore ways for him to bowl without concern for his knee. These crucial talks will take place during his time off from the game.