By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail
Published: 13:57 BST, 9 August 2020 | Updated: 20:59 BST, 9 August 2020
England suffered a serious blow on Sunday after their dramatic victory over Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford when their 'Mr Incredible' Ben Stokes was ruled out of the rest of the Test summer for family reasons.
Stokes will this week fly to New Zealand to be with his parents Ged and Deborah in Christchurch and will miss at least the last two Tests at the Ageas Bowl.
It remains unclear whether he will be able to return ahead of white-ball games against Pakistan and Australia.
England's Ben Stokes will miss the rest of the Test series against Pakistan for family reasons
Stokes has played in all four Tests so far this summer but will not finish the Pakistan series
Stokes posted this photo in the winter of his father Ged, alongside his mum Deb in South Africa
Ged Stokes was taken ill in Johannesburg over Christmas where he had travelled to watch his son play in the first Test against South Africa in Centurion on Boxing Day but after treatment in hospital he was able to return to his native New Zealand where he has been recovering.
Only last month Ged, a former rugby league player and coach, talked in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail of his immense pride when Stokes was named captain of England for the first Test against West Indies, with Joe Root on paternity leave.
'The England and Wales Cricket Board, along with the Stokes family, requests that all media respects the family's