Ben Stokes successfully underwent a second operation on a broken index finger, but is unlikely to be named to the English team for Ashes, the Daily Mirror reported on Wednesday.
- Ben Stokes withdrew from the English series of tests against India to focus on his mental health
- Stokes damaged his left index finger while playing in the IPL
- Stokes’ surgeon said the second operation to remove the needle and scar tissue was successful
The 30-year-old all-rounder, who has been on an indefinite hiatus since retiring from a home series of tests against India this year to focus on his mental health, suffered an injury while playing in the Indian Premier League in April.
The report states that Leeds consultant Doug Campbell on Monday removed the screws from Stokes ’finger and treated the scar tissue that caused him severe pain.
The Mirror, for which Stokes writes a column, added that although the player will be excluded for an extended period, the operation was successful.
Stokes returned early in July after the first operation, which led England to a one-day international 3-0 victory over Pakistan, but he needed injections to get through the game.
He then decided to take a break from cricket to work on his mental health and wait for his finger to heal.
Stokes was left out of England’s squad last month for the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman and will now likely miss his second series of Ashes.
He was also excluded from the 2017/18 tour after an incident at a nightclub in Bristol.
The first test against Australia should start on December 8 in Gabba.