Stokes ready for action against Proteas


England’s Ben Stokes believes he is ready to challenge South Africa when the two countries play against each other in a World Cup cricket match on Saturday.

Just like the Proteas – who lost their latest clash against the Netherlands – England also bit the dust against Afghanistan and they will want to get their tournament back on track in Mumbai.

The 32-year-old Stokes missed his team’s first three games after sustaining a hip injury in the gym.

“Initially I thought that my World Cup was over, but luckily the extent of the injury was not as bad as we initially feared. Although it was very frustrating, I believe that I have now recovered sufficiently. I am available for the game against South Africa,” the versatile star told Sky Sports.

England are currently fifth in the standings and according to Stokes, the team wants to forget about the Afghanistan defeat as soon as possible.

“Our attention now shifts to the match against the Proteas and what we can still achieve in the tournament. We are not panicking at all and hopefully we can put things right on the pitch.”

Stokes had earlier announced his retirement from one-day cricket to extend his Test career, but he announced his comeback in the run-up to the World Cup in India.

All in an effort to help England successfully defend its title.

The match starts at 10:30 on Saturday and the action will be broadcast live on SuperSport.