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Ben Stokes isn’t jeopardising Ashes marketing campaign as he will likely be nicely sorted in CSK: McCullum

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England Test captain Ben Stokes just isn’t jeopardising his staff’s Ashes preparations one bit by enjoying for Chennai Super Kings within the cash-rich IPL the place he could be enjoying with out pressures of captaincy.

Stokes’ left knee requires fixed administration however he must flip up for CSK on this yr’s IPL to meet his whopping Rs 16.25 crore (USD 2 million) contract.

The IPL will likely be held from March 31 to May 28, whereas England’s first Test of the summer time towards Ireland at Lord’s begins on June 1. “I don’t think he’s jeopardising it. The Chennai set-up is excellent in looking after their players and they’ve a very good medical team and he will be well looked after,” McCullum was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“The skipper has a strong mind and he knows how to get right for the big moments. His life is that, right? So I don’t have any concerns.” Stokes was solely in a position to bowl two overs within the Test towards New Zealand and he additionally struggled to bat with freedom as England misplaced the match by only one run.

“In truth, I stay up for watching him play in it and see, with out captaincy as nicely, the chance to play cricket with out worrying about everyone else, understanding when he comes again into the fold and leads us into the Ashes marketing campaign he’ll have the bit between his tooth and I believe we’ll be alright.

“He sees the big picture in everything, so I’ve no concerns that the skipper will be totally looked after. And I also believe that the Ashes is the script that the skipper is waiting to write, so he’ll be sweet.”