Ashes test series: Ben Stokes reflected on his father’s death. Before the high-stakes Ashes series against Australia. Stokes also mentioned it as one of his main motivators. Ged Stokes would have been thrilled to see himself in the headline series. After a brief fight with brain cancer, Stokes’ father died on December 8th, 2020, at the age of 65. Upon realizing that his father was suffering from brain cancer, the seam-bowling all-rounder missed international duty in August 2020 to be with him. After his death, Ged, a former rugby player from New Zealand, got a flood of tributes.
“There will also be a bit of my mind thinking about my dad Ged and the fact that it will be exactly one year to the day since he passed away. He and my mum have always been my biggest supporters and I know he would have been hugely proud to see me back out there representing England, ready to take on Australia,” Ben Stokes said.
Ashes test series: Ben Stokes reflected on the approaching first anniversary of his father’s death in his Mirror column. Stokes said his father would have been delighted to see him compete in Australia. He stated that an Ashes series is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In addition, he wishes to assist England in reclaiming the urn. Stokes was able to put his mental health issues behind him.
“Walking out to play in an England shirt once more after the break I’ve had will be a special moment as it always is. Playing in the Ashes is all the motivation you need. I’ll be fully focused on my job and doing what I can whenever Joe Root asks me to get involved,” Stokes said.
Ashes test series: Furthermore, the Kiwi-born all-rounder will be returning to professional cricket for the first time since August. Ben Stokes skipped the home series against India and the T20 World Cup, taking a mental health break. Stokes missed the 2017-18 leg in Australia. And he will be eager to deliver impactful performances this time around. Although England is unconcerned about who is in Australia’s squad, according to Stokes. Cameron Green was singled out by him.
“Lastly, the Aussies have named their side early. It is good to see another all-rounder in the contest with Cameron Green playing his first Ashes Test. We don’t focus too much on the opposition and put our faith in what we can do as a team. But from one all-rounder to another, it is good to see a young player making his way in international cricket,” Ben Stokes said.