England’s Ben Stokes to take break from cricket for mental health reasons

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Ben Stokes has withdrawn from England's Test squad

Ben Stokes has withdrawn from England’s Test squad (Picture: Getty)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will take an ‘indefinite break’ from all cricket for mental health reasons.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Friday that Stokes had withdrawn from the upcoming Test series against India to ‘prioritise his mental well-being and to rest his injured finger’.

Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: ‘Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and well-being.

‘Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.

‘Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging. The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone’s wellbeing.”

‘Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future.’

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