England’s team suffered another major jolt as Ben Stokes suffered a knee injury on Day two of the first test of the Ashes series at the Gabba. According to the reports the left-handed southpaw will be assessed overnight by England’s medical staff.
Stokes encountered an injury to his knee when he was chasing a ball to the boundary in the 29th over & was seen struggling for the entire day after that incident. He has bowled three overs in his first spell, which included the David Warner wicket off a no-ball, and another two overs before lunch but could send down only four more in a day.
Ollie Robinson had an excellent day today by scalping three wickets including successive two wickets in two balls to dismiss David Warner & Cameron Green. He also left the field during the final session of Day two & didn’t return back to take the second new ball. However later, England bowling coach Jon Lewis said he wasn’t injured.
“Obviously Ben has hurt himself on the field today so didn’t bowl full pace at the back end of the day,” Lewis said. “Think our medical guys will assess him overnight and see how he is. Other than that the guys are okay.”
Both the teams’ performances suffered due to poor weather but Australia had an edge over England. The Aussies squad spend just 50 overs on the field on the opening day of the first test due to overcast weather conditions, on the other hand, England’s bowlers had to spend the entire Day two on-field whose effect was largely evident through their sluggish fielding.
“Our preparation probably played a part in the last session, but it is what it is, similar for both sides,” Lewis said. “I know the guys will front up again tomorrow, there’s a lot of character, I know they’ve been in some pretty sticky situations before and they’ve come through it all right. I know the guys will dust themselves down tonight.”
Problems got aggravated for England as spinner Jack Leach was smashed for nine run-an-over which was a game plan for Australian batters to put him under pressure. He picked up the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne but could never control the scoring rate and was taken for five sixes.
“It wouldn’t be one of his better days and he’ll want to put it at the back of his memory, but as I said about the other guys I know Jack is a pretty resilient fella,” Lewis said. “We’re definitely not defeated yet. Expect Jack to come back strong tomorrow and show the character I know he has”, Lewis added in his statement.