England all-rounder Ben Stokes is an injury doubt for the team’s Cricket World Cup opener against New Zealand on Thursday, October 5, 2023. Stokes has been suffering from a hip injury and missed England’s final warm-up match against Bangladesh on Monday.
England captain Jos Buttler said on Wednesday that the team is still waiting for an update on Stokes’ fitness and that a decision on whether or not he will play in the opener will be made on matchday.
“He’s got a slight niggle with his hip,” Buttler said. “We’ll make the right call. If he’s not fit to play, he’s not fit to play. If he is, we can make that decision.”
The impact of Stokes’ absence on England
Stokes is one of the most important players in the England team and his absence would be a major blow. He is a world-class all-rounder who can bat, bowl, and field at a very high level.
Stokes was also named the Player of the Tournament in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, where he helped England win their first ever title.
If Stokes is unable to play in the opener against New Zealand, it is likely that he will be replaced by Harry Brook, who was called up to the England squad as a late replacement for Jason Roy.
Brook is a talented batsman who has scored over 1,000 runs in the County Championship this season. However, he is inexperienced at the international level and it is unclear how he would perform in a major tournament like the Cricket World Cup.
England’s other injury concerns
In addition to Stokes, England also have a few other injury concerns heading into the Cricket World Cup.
Opener Jonny Bairstow is still recovering from a broken thumb, while bowler Mark Wood is also struggling with a hip injury.
Both Bairstow and Wood are expected to be fit for the Cricket World Cup, but they may not be able to play in the opening matches.
Ben Stokes’ injury is a major concern for England ahead of the Cricket World Cup. Stokes is one of the most important players in the team and his absence would be a major blow.
England also have a few other injury concerns, but they are expected to be fit for the Cricket World Cup.
England will be hoping that Stokes and their other injured players can recover quickly so that they are available for the start of the tournament.
The Cricket World Cup is a major tournament and England will be hoping to defend their title. However, they will need to be at their best if they want to achieve their goal.
Even with Stokes’ injury, England still has a strong roster and should be able to compete in the competition.
The key for England will be to get off to a good start. They will feel much more confident going into the knockout stages if they can win their first few games.
It will also be important for England to manage their players carefully. The Cricket World Cup is a long tournament and it is important to keep the players fresh and injury-free.