On a break from cricket from July this year to focus on his mental health, England all-rounder Ben Stokes prepared himself for a return to the international stage with the high-profile Ashes series starting next month in Australia. Stokes was last seen in action during an ODI match of Pakistan’s limited overs tour of England. The flamboyant cricketer was also not part of England’s squad for the recently concluded 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which was won by Australia. He also missed the high-octane Test series against England India That’s why earlier this year.
Despite being away from the game for quite some time now, it didn’t take long for Stokes to regain his momentum as he was seen thrashing England bowlers in the nets during the visiting team’s practice session.
England shared the video of Stokes’ practice Cricket A caption on Twitter read, “Clean Ben Stokes by killing him.”
ECB’s clip seems to have struck the right chord with his followers as he filled up the comment section of the post with his remarks about Stokes’ return to competitive cricket.
“Australia is not ready,” read the first comment.
“I have watched this video on repeat x10 times in a row. It is great to see Ben Stokes back in action fisted hand,” wrote another user.
I have watched this video on repeat x10 times in a row. It’s great to see Ben Stokes back in action — Sean Cross (@SeanCro67604252) November 25, 2021
One user wrote, ‘The straight drives’. The user extended his comment using a star-struck and two cricket bat and ball emojis.
Straight Drive !! — Wayne Davis (@Acehammer1975) November 25, 2021
“With sounds right off the bat like this, he could face international gun charges,” read another answer.
With a sound like this right off the bat, he could face international gunfighting charges.—Imran Eskbar (@razor5edge) November 25, 2021
Stokes had last month confirmed his return to professional cricket by sharing footage from his practice session on Instagram.
Soon after, he was recalled to the England squad for the Ashes series Down Under.
The much-talked-about five-match Test series between traditional rivals Australia and England is set to begin at the Gabba in Brisbane from December 8.