Ben Stokes insists he will lead England in the Ashes warm-up test against Ireland by returning early from the IPL, even if his Chennai Super Kings make it to the late stages.
- Ben Stokes will appear in the IPL for the first time since breaking his finger in 2021
- He will go to India next month to join Chennai Super Kings in a £1.6m deal.
- But the England captain insists he will be back in time to prepare for Ashes
Ben Stokes has assured England that he will return in time from the Indian Premier League to lead his side in what is essentially an Ashes warm-up test against Ireland at Lord’s.
Stokes will appear in the IPL for the first time since breaking a finger playing for Rajasthan in 2021 when he travels to India next month to join his new team Chennai Super Kings in a £1.6m deal.
But on Wednesday he insisted that he will return to prepare for the start of a great summer by facing Ireland on June 1, even if Chennai reach the final stages of a tournament that ends just four days before the start of the Test.
“I’ll make sure I give myself plenty of time to come back and play in that Ireland game,” Stokes said ahead of Thursday night’s second and final Test here.
But the England captain will consult with the other England IPL players likely to be included in the Test squad – Harry Brook, Mark Wood, Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer and Joe Root – to decide how much time they should spend in India and whether they should face Ireland. .
Ben Stokes says he will return in time from Indian Premier League to prepare for Ashes
Stokes (left) will also consult with a number of England players playing in the IPL
“I will go through the players and ask them what they want to play to be ready for the Ashes,” Stokes said.
“It’s one of those where we’ll have to weigh what the guy wants to do against whether he really needs to play against Ireland.”
“The Ashes is the most important thing and we want to do our best to prepare for that.”
Stokes will try to lead England to back-to-back Test victories over New Zealand, after his team prevailed at the Bay Oval last week.