England Will Wait on Ben Stokes for as Long as Possible Ahead of T20 World Cup

Ben Stokes has not played in the Test series against India.

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England’s Ben Stokes at training

England won't force Ben Stokes to come out of injury and play the T20 World Cup, the head coach of the team has confirmed.

"We are going to leave that one late, to give it our best chance," Chris Silverwood said in a virtual interaction with the media.

Stokes is missing the ongoing five-match Test series against India.

"Whatever support Ben needs he will get from us. I haven't spoken to him as yet. I want to give him as much space as possible. There are people talking to him outside of me but it is something we will be revisiting shortly. I will not be putting pressure on him or rushing him," added Silverwood.

The all-rounder played a pivotal role in helping England win the 50-over World Cup final against New Zealand in 2019, scoring a crucial unbeaten 84.

His absence would hurt England a lot as they look to add the T20 world title to the 50-over title they are holding presently.

"First and foremost my only concern is for him and to make sure he is okay," said Silverwood.

"That's the starting point and the rest of the questions will come but first and foremost I need to make sure he is okay and that is my primary concern," he said.

Stokes has not featured at any stage of the ongoing Test series against India, after taking an indefinite break from cricket to manage his mental health, and to recover fully from a badly broken finger, sustained during Rajasthan Royals' opening match of the IPL in April.

Stokes though did lead England against Pakistan to a remarkable 3-0 series win in July after the whole first team had to go in to isolation due to COVID-19.

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