James Anderson was behind Ben Stokes’ decision to take some time from the game to focus on his mental health and wellbeing. Just a week away from England’s major 5-match test series against India, the primary all-rounder Ben Stokes withdrew from the squad by announcing an indefinite break from cricket.
In the wake of the bio-bubbles and quarantines enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic, players must constantly stay away from families. It takes its toll and they decided to take breaks every now and then. The latest case of Stokes is supported by the Cricket Brotherhood. England teammate James Anderson supported his colleague.
“I found Joe amazing the way he spoke and the emotions he showed really speak for the rest of the team. We just want Ben to be fine, we want him to get the help he needs and for him to come back strong because he’s such a fantastic player for us.”
“The most important thing is that he’s good friends with most of the guys here on the team so we worry about his health more than anything and we hope he’s fine.“Said 38-year-old Anderson.
Joe Root states that Ben Stokes has the full support of the English team
Formerly an English captain Joe Root Stokes had expressed his full support. The two have played a lot of tests together and share a wonderful camaraderie on and off the field. Regarding the same thing, Root said emotionally:
“I just want my boyfriend to be fine. He’s one of my closest friends in the game. He has my full support and he has the full support of the entire team. It is important that it take as long as it takes. This is an opportunity to be with your family and give yourself the opportunity to feel like the best version of Ben Stokes.”
The Stokes withdrawal troubles England on a medium scale. Aside from Root, they already have an inexperienced and fragile batting team, and Stokes’ absence only makes their misery worse. You have to think a lot about going into the test series against India.