Graeme Swann believes that Ben Stokes’ absence from the English team will be detrimental to England’s chances ahead of them 5-series Test series against India. The two teams tackle each other in the first Test on August 4, Wednesday, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Ben Stokes recently took an indefinite break from cricket with reference to mental health issues. Many cricketers and athletes praised him for coming forward and calling him brave. The former English spinner, Graeme Swann, was one of them. Although he was surprised by the decision, Swann felt it was always Stokes’ call to take.
“Many people are surprised by his decision. It was actually very brave of Stokes to say he needed a while away from the game. When he says that, many people may think in an old-fashioned way that it’s stupid.
‘I think the worst thing anyone can do is ignore signs of mental discomfort – and whatever it is – and it can have a detrimental effect later in life,“Observe Swann.
England without Ben Stokes is undoubtedly weaker – Graeme Swann
Swann spoke about England’s chances of getting into the series, and reckons it’s going to be a tough one without the presence of the talismanic Ben Stokes. England already have a rather inexperienced and fragile batting order. Joe Root is one of the only to have fought earlier this year when England toured India.
“I say this from a batting point of view – England without Stokes is undoubtedly weaker. When I see this top order from the English team, it does not fill me with confidence.
‘Joe Root is definitely the one who gets runs, and one or two of the rest of the top order can get hundreds here and there, but they are not consistent enough to fill someone with confidence. Stokes will be missed by England in this series, ”Concluded Graeme Swann.
Swann predicted a 3-2 victory in India due to a better batting line-up. Noting that Ben Stokes was able to win matches on his own, Swann chose India as the favorite.