ODI World Cup 2023: Ben Stokes Ruled Out Of ENG vs BAN Match In Dharamsala, Confirms Jos Buttler
Ben Stokes, who missed England's opening ODI World Cup 2023 match against New Zealand because of a hip ache, will continue to miss the second encounter.
Ben Stokes, an all-rounder for England, will not play against Bangladesh in Tuesday's ODI World Cup 2023 match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, according to skipper Jos Buttler.
According to the wicketkeeper-battler, Stokes is still getting better from the hip ailment that kept him out of the opening World Cup match against New Zealand. Stokes, though, was anticipated to play in the Bangladesh match and attended the Sunday nets practise in Dharamsala.
Buttler stated in the pre-game press conference, "It's good to see him back in the nets and building back towards full fitness, but he's probably unlikely for tomorrow."
In the main tournament, England lost to New Zealand by six wickets to begin their title defence.
Buttler stated that selecting an additional pacer for the Bangladesh match is "definitely an option." There can be some nice pace and bounce in the pitch; I played here in the last Indian Premier League. We'll definitely have those conversations, and our squad has excellent alternatives for selecting different lineups with varied balances. We will take that into consideration.
In the early stages of the tournament, Buttler had declared that England would not take any chances with their players.
"He is experiencing a minor hip ache. But let's hope it turns out to be good news for us. Let's see. When the players report for training today, we'll find out more," Buttler had stated prior to the first game against New Zealand. "He's working hard with the physios."
"We'll decide appropriately. He isn't fit to play if he isn't healthy enough to play. We are able to decide if he is. At the beginning of the tournament is not the time to take significant chances on someone. It's going to be a long tournament, so you might take a greater chance with people's injuries closer to the finish," he had continued.
Reversing his ODI retirement, Stokes raised England's hopes for a second championship. Before the World Cup, he made his 50-over cricket debut against New Zealand, scoring 182 runs in the home ODI series.
Stokes will only participate as a legitimate hitter for the Three Lions and will not bowl in the competition.