Ben Stokes of England has disclosed that he will have knee surgery in the coming weeks.
The 32-year-old is presently a member of the group competing in the Cricket World Cup, which has proven to be a terrible campaign on both an individual and team level.
Stokes has only made three outings due to a hip injury incurred in the gym, and he has since produced 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 before England’s match against Australia on Saturday to declare that he will have knee surgery after 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 visit, which begins in January.
“There was a lot of time put into deciding when to get it done,” Stokes told reporters. Obviously, the India Test series, which begins at the end of January, should be good.”
“I always go down with the docs and the physios, and they use language I’ve never heard before,” he added. There is clearly something that needs to be fixed.
“I’ll switch off and let the surgeon do what he does best, which is fix the knees.”
Stokes has played in just six official one-day internationals since the completion of the Ashes series with Australia in July, after reversing his decision to be unavailable for that format.