CSK Line up Ben Stokes as their future captain. Ben Stokes, the English all-rounder, is gearing up for the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year as a specialist batter, but there’s more to his involvement in the tournament than just playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). According to reports, he is being groomed as a possible long-term captain for the team.
Stokes has been struggling with a knee injury, which has affected his bowling, during the recent Test series in New Zealand. However, fresh scans show that he’s fit to play as a specialist batter. Despite this, he recently had a cortisone injection and won’t be bowling at the start of the eight-week IPL tournament that begins on Friday.
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England’s Test captain is hoping to make a full recovery before the Ashes this summer. The national team is banking on strong communication between their medical team and their counterparts at CSK to ensure that Stokes is ready for the upcoming matches. Brendon McCullum, the Test head coach, has said that he will be in regular dialogue with Stephen Fleming, the former New Zealand captain who is in charge of CSK’s first team.
CSK Line up Ben Stokes as their future captain
The IPL is not just a short-term investment for CSK, as CSK Line up Ben Stokes as their future captain for the team. Despite being led by MS Dhoni this season, the franchise is looking to groom a successor as the 41-year-old is in the twilight of his career. Last season, Ravindra Jadeja’s stint as captain was short-lived and unhappy, highlighting the need for a long-term solution.
The IPL is also viewed as an opportunity to integrate Stokes into the team and the dressing room as he prepares to return to all-rounder status before the Ashes against Australia. Mike Hussey, the CSK batting coach, has expressed his desire to see Stokes playing his best cricket during the Ashes, as it will make for an “unbelievable series to watch.”
Apart from Stokes, England’s medical team is also monitoring the fitness of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood from a distance. The two fast bowlers are playing for Mumbai Indians and Lucknow Super Giants, respectively, and the challenge is how they can achieve the necessary workloads for red-ball cricket while bowling four overs in a T20 tournament.
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England’s first Test of the summer against Ireland starts on 1 June, three days after the IPL concludes. Therefore, it’s essential for the team’s medical staff to monitor the players’ fitness and workloads closely to ensure that they are in optimal condition for the upcoming matches.
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