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Ben Stokes from England to skip T20 World Cup 2024 to focus on improving bowling fitness | Cricket Update

England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that all-rounder Ben Stokes will not be part of the upcoming T20 World Cup squad as he focuses on regaining his bowling fitness. Stokes, who is also England’s Test captain, has chosen to opt out of selection for the tournament in order to work on being a full all-rounder in all formats of cricket.

After undergoing knee surgery last year, Stokes has been working on recovering his ability to bowl regularly. His absence from the T20 international squad since the World Cup final in November 2022 was due to his fitness concerns. Having only bowled five overs in the recent series against India, Stokes acknowledged that he was still behind in terms of bowling performance.

However, the ECB stated that Stokes is keen on getting fully fit to bowl ahead of the upcoming Test series against West Indies and Sri Lanka. The England team won the T20 World Cup in 2022, and Stokes aims to be at his best for future tournaments. He believes that by focusing on building up his bowling fitness, he can contribute fully in all aspects of the game and help England defend their title.

Stokes will be focusing on playing for Durham in the County Championship to prepare for the upcoming Test matches. The T20 World Cup will take place in June in the West Indies and the United States, where England will aim to defend their title against Scotland, Australia, Oman, and Namibia in the group matches.

The ECB has yet to announce its final squad for the T20 World Cup but it is expected that Stokes’ absence will create a gap which needs to be filled with other talented players capable of performing well under pressure situations.

Overall, while it may be disappointing news for fans who love watching Stokes play cricket, this decision shows how serious he is about improving his game and helping England win more titles.

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