Stokes broke his left index finger attempting to catch a lofted drive from Chris Gayle in the IPL in April. He returned less than three months later after surgery to captain a young, Covid-depleted England side in their ODI series win over Pakistan in July, but struggled to bat and could not grip the handle properly.
Stokes announced an indefinite break from the game to protect his mental health shortly after that series finished in late July, with his injured finger also playing a role in the decision.
Ben Stokes hit a trademark straight drive as he batted for the first time since July
Stokes captained England to an ODI series win over Pakistan in July before taking a break
The 30-year-old was not named in England's