Ben Stokes Remains Injured, Expected to Sit Out England's 2nd World Cup Match in 2023

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Ben Stokes Remains Injured, Expected to Sit Out England’s 2nd World Cup Match in 2023

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Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes is expected to continue his absence from the defending champions’ upcoming 2023 World Cup match against Bangladesh on Tuesday (October 10). The 32-year-old is currently sidelined due to a hip injury, which caused him to miss the tournament opener against New Zealand. As reported by BBC Sport, Stokes participated in a light net session and some gentle running during training in Dharamshala. However, he experienced discomfort during these activities.

With criticism directed at the Dharamshala pitch by Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott following their game against Bangladesh, the condition of the pitch could be a significant factor in Bangladesh’s game plan.England suffered a substantial nine-wicket defeat to New Zealand in their previous match, as Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra played exceptional centuries, chasing down a target of 283 in just 36.2 overs. Joe Root was the sole England batsman to reach a half-century, leading the team’s scoring with 77 runs.

England Felt the Absence of Ben Stokes in Achieving an Above-Par Performance” – Nasser Hussain

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The absence of Ben Stokes was keenly felt by England as they struggled to attain an above-par performance. Moving forward, they must strive to improve. The silver lining is that they may have endured their subpar showing early in the tournament. Had this happened during the semi-finals, it could have been disastrous.

In this highly competitive tournament, there are numerous strong teams. To secure a spot in the top four, England can ill afford any more setbacks.

England’s next challenge is Bangladesh, a team that convincingly defeated Afghanistan in their tournament opener. Bangladesh’s spin bowlers showcased their prowess, dismissing Afghanistan for a mere 156 runs. Bangladesh comfortably chased down the target with six wickets in hand, with Najmul Hossain Shanto leading the way with an impressive 59*.

Reference:

https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/news-ben-stokes-still-unfit-likely-miss-england-s-2nd-2023-world-cup-game

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