sport news NASSER HUSSAIN: Ben Stokes' knee injury is a HUGE concern for England

sport news NASSER HUSSAIN: Ben Stokes' knee injury is a HUGE concern for England
sport news NASSER HUSSAIN: Ben Stokes' knee injury is a HUGE concern for England
NASSER HUSSAIN: Ben Stokes' knee injury is a HUGE concern for England - he will need to be nursed throughout the Ashes if the under-cooked tourists have any chance of a series win

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Ben Stokes suffering a knee injury is a massive concern for England, not only in what remains of this first Test but throughout a series when games will come thick and fast.

His return for this Ashes enables England to have five bowlers but when he is at less than full capacity and Jack Leach is going round the park, as we saw on the second day at the Gabba, the other three are under pressure and really do have to step up.

I said before this Test Stokes had to play and we would have to accept it if he picked up an injury because of his complete lack of cricket since July. But if that has happened now and he will need to be nursed throughout the series it is a huge blow.

England are sweating on Ben Stokes' fitness with the all-rounder struggling with his left knee

England are sweating on Ben Stokes' fitness with the all-rounder struggling with his left knee

Stokes' ability with the ball allows England to line-up with five bowlers but that could change

Stokes' ability with the ball allows England to line-up with five bowlers but that could change

This whole business with Stokes and no-balls was odd. If the technology was not working and the TV umpire was unable to call them other than when a wicket fell, why weren't the on-field officials calling them? They didn't seem to have been told to.

If the bowler doesn't know he is over-stepping then it will eventually prove costly, as we saw when Stokes bowled David Warner with a beauty only for it to then become clear he had been bowling no balls throughout his first over. As he continued to do, too.

Using technology to tell the umpires when a bowler has over-stepped has been a good addition to Test cricket. And it doesn't take much, does it? All the TV official has to do really is take a quick look at a replay from side on and then tell his colleague to call it.

So for the umpires not to have been able to call a reported 14 Stokes no balls between them, on or off the field, or seemingly have a word in his ear was disappointing.

Stokes thought he had taken the wicket of David Warner after bowling him off his fourth ball

Stokes thought he had taken the wicket of David Warner after bowling him off his fourth ball

But he had overstepped, meaning Warner was called back, in one of his 14 no-ball deliveries

But he had overstepped, meaning Warner was called back, in one of his 14 no-ball deliveries

What this second day showed was how under-cooked England are and I don't know what more they could have done about that before this series. They had a

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