England’s Ben Stokes undergoes second finger surgery

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is in a race against time to be fit for the ashes after undergoing another operation on his finger this week.

Although Stokes appear to be a long-running attempt to be available for England’s five-Test tour of Australia, amid a break from the game due to injury and mental health, this year’s ICC cricketer of 2019 is not yet officially ruled out.

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During Stokes’ second operation, which he injured in the Indian Premier League in April, he had scar tissue and two screws removed from his index finger on his left hand, the ECB confirmed in a statement.

The 30-year-old is now working through a four-week block of intensive rehabilitation.

Fears of an Ashes boycott were extinguished when England captain Joe Root confirmed he would board the flight to Australia, according to British publication The Telegraph.

Root has reportedly committed to the ashes after having another video connection to Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley in which all quarantine inquiries were clarified.

England will strive to regain the ashtray this summer after losing the 2017-18 series in Australia and the 2019 series at home.

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