England all-rounder Ben Stokes is on vacation these days due to mental health issues. Because of this, he is not playing in the ongoing five-match Test series with India. Meanwhile, England head coach Chris Silverwood has said all-rounder Ben Stokes will not be pressured into returning from a mental health holiday despite the team’s struggles for the ongoing Test series against India. In the second Test at Lord’s, a day after India’s 151-run defeat to India, Silverwood said Stokes would be given enough time to recover. Captain Joe Root had said the same before the start of the five-match series.
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“I don’t think we’ll ask him to come back,” Silverwood said. I don’t think you can put pressure on such situations. I’ll wait. We will wait for him until he comes and says I am ready to play. Stokes took an indefinite leave of absence after England won 3-0 against Pakistan last month.
Silverwood supported Root’s assertion that no one should be pressured into something as sensitive as mental health. He said, ‘There is no time limit on this. I say again, it is important that we stay healthy for Ben, his family so that he can make a strong comeback. It is important that we get to that point when they are mentally ready to return and perform well for England.
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England can declare for the third Test on Wednesday. There is a question mark about the fitness of fast bowler Mark Wood. He was injured while fielding in the Second Test. The third Test between India and England will be played at Handigli from 25 August. The first Test between the two teams was a draw.