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| On Jun 16, 2022 3:24 AM IST

ENG vs NZ: Ben Stokes injury, Is England captain available for 3rd Test? Here’s update


England registered their first series win under the captaincy of Ben Stokes a few days ago. In what was one of the most thrilling Test matches in the history of the game, England chased down 299 runs on Day 5 alone to clinch their victory. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes steered them through this high-octane chase in top fashion. During this chase, Ben Stokes was seen hobbling while running. How serious is his injury? Will he be available for the 3rd and final Test? Let’s find out.

Will Ben Stokes play the 3rd Test?

During England’s historic chase against New Zealand on day 5, England captain Ben Stokes was seen hobbling while running between the wickets and looked in some sort of discomfort. He has a history of knee injuries and has struggled with the same in the last West Indies series as well.

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But this time around, it doesn’t look that serious. He is expected to be fit for the 3rd Test, which is more than 1 week away. The third Test will be held in Headingly, where Stokes has a brilliant track record.

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Ben Stokes-Jonny Bairstow magic saves England in 2nd Test

The recently concluded 2nd Test between England and New Zealand was one for the history books. Kiwis managed to score 284 in their second innings and set England a target of 299 to get in 50 overs. They lost their initial 4 wickets for just 93 runs. Then came Stokes and Bairstow and they played it like an ODI game and chased down the target with ease. Bairstow scored 136 runs from 92 balls and Stokes supported him with a 70-ball 75. With this partnership they took England to a historic win, marking the true start of the McCullum-Stokes era in English Test cricket.

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Midhun M Menon

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