England star all-rounder Ben Stokes is hoping his operated left index finger won’t give him any problems in the marquee Test Series against India, after suffering “ridiculous pain” in the recent ODIs against Pakistan.
He revealed that the pain forced him to take analgesic steroid injections.
Stokes are due to play for the Northern Superchargers in The Hundred’s opening rounds before joining the England squad for all five tests against India, starting August 4 in Nottingham.
“I have a bit of a break now, which should give the steroids time to kick in and allow me to play painlessly in the Hundred and then against India,” Stokes wrote in the Daily Mirror.
“The plan is still to participate in the Hundred, although everyone will need to be as careful as possible when it comes to COVID. I know the ECB is working hard to achieve this.
“I hope my finger won’t be a problem by the time the India Test series rolls around because it’s a huge series and we are all desperate to perform well,” he told Stokes.
Stokes broke his finger while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
He played six T20 Blast matches for Durham in June and early July, but was not expected to participate in the ODI or T20I leg of the Pakistan tour until a number of COVID-19 cases in the English camp force the whole team to isolate themselves. .
The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) had no choice but to summon Stokes and hand him over as captain at the last minute.
“It was a totally unexpected series of games for me and the truth is I would never have played under normal circumstances due to the pain I was having with my left index finger,” he wrote.
“The operation was a success after breaking her at the IPL, but it was still painful. Sometimes you just have to smile and put up with it, and being an England captain is one of those reasons.
England won the series 3-0.
Stokes added: “Sometimes you just have to smile and put up with it, and being England captain is one of those reasons.
“The finger healed structurally, but the pain was just ridiculous for where it should be, which is why I now got an injection to relieve it for the rest of the summer.”