England’s Stokes to skip South Africa T20s, Hundred to manage workload

England's Ben Stokes reacts as he leaves the field after losing his wicket during the first one day international cricket match between England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

July 16- England test captain Ben Stokes will miss the upcoming three-match Twenty20 international series against South Africa and the Hundred to manage his workload and fitness, the country’s cricket board (ECB) said.

The board said that Stokes, now playing the one-day international series against India, will feature in the 50-over matches against South Africa from Tuesday to July 24 before being rested for the T20s from July 27.

The 30-year-old, who skipped the T20 series against India this month, was due to play for Northern Superchargers in the Hundred, which begins on Aug. 3.

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Stokes struggled with a knee problem during England’s tour of West Indies in March and missed the start of the County Championship season with Durham the following month to manage the issue.

He took a break from cricket last year, missing the T20 World Cup, to prioritise his mental wellbeing and recover from a finger injury.

Stokes succeeded Joe Root as test captain in April and led England to a 3-0 series win over New Zealand and victory over India in the rearranged fifth test from last year’s series to secure a 2-2 draw.

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His Durham teammate Matthew Potts has been named in England’s ODI squad for the South Africa series, earning his first limited-overs call-up after impressing in the four tests this summer.

Jonny Bairstow sat out the T20 series against India and is back in the T20 squad. At the same time, spinner Adil Rashid returns to both teams after missing the series against India, having been permitted by the ECB to make the haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

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