I’m in a good place: Stokes


BBC Online :
Ben Stokes has confirmed he is fit to make his first appearance of the World Cup in England’s crucial match against South Africa in Mumbai on Saturday.

Stokes, 32, missed England’s first three matches because of a hip injury sustained in the gym.

England have lost two and won one in his absence, leaving their title defence in a perilous position.

“I have worked very hard to get back to where I am and making myself ready to be available for selection,” he said.

England train at the Wankhede Stadium later on Thursday evening, with Stokes expected to take a full part.

“[I’ll] give it a good push but I think everything is pretty good,” Stokes said.


“I am in a good place.”

If England lose to the Proteas they would likely have to win all of their remaining matches to qualify for the semi-finals.

South Africa convincingly won their first two games against Sri Lanka and Australia but were themselves shocked by the Netherlands on Tuesday, two days after England were beaten by Afghanistan.

Coach Matthew Mott revealed on Tuesday that Test captain Stokes spoke to the group in the aftermath of their loss.

“We are only three games into a tournament. [We need to] make sure we keep focusing forward,” said Stokes, who came out of retirement in 50-over cricket to play in this tournament.