Ben Stokes of England has revealed that he will have knee surgery in the coming weeks.
The 32-year-old is currently a member of the squad competing in the Cricket World Cup, which has proven to be a disastrous campaign on both an individual and team level.
Stokes has only made three appearances due to a hip injury sustained in the gym, and he has since posted scores of five, 43, and a duck.
Meanwhile, defending champions England are all but out of contention for the semi-finals after winning only one of their six matches in India.
Stokes has used the opportunity ahead of England’s match against Australia on Saturday to reveal that he will have knee surgery once the tournament is over.
As things stand, Stokes may still play against the Baggy Greens, but the all-rounder has told the media that he is having knee surgery in order to be fit for India’s Test tour, which begins in January.
Ben Stokes to reporters, “A lot of belief comes into determining when to make it done.” Obviously, the India Test series, which begins at the end of January, should be fine.”
“I always go down with the docs and the physios, and they use language I’ve never heard before,” he added. Clearly, there is a problem that needs attention.
“I’ll switch off and let the surgeon do what he does best, which is fix knees.”
Stokes has played in just six official one-day internationals since the end of the Ashes series with Australia in July, after reversing his decision to be unavailable for that format.