England all-rounder Ben Stokes resumed his training after the coronavirus hiatus and bowled a 5-over spell while wearing a headband to stop the flow of sweat on his face.
Ben Stokes (Reuters Image)
- Earlier, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes have also resumed their training
- Stuart Broad also wore a headband during his bowling session
- ECB has allowed 18 players to start their individual trainings
England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes has taken the field for the first time after the coronavirus lockdown brought sports to a ghastly halt. The English team had to abandon their Sri Lanka series and return back home in haste in March.
After months of tense situations, sporting activities are trying to resurrect themselves all over again. In the process England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced names of 18 players who can start their individual sessions at seven different grounds.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was one of the names in the 18-member list, has resumed his training after the Covid-19 forced break and shared a video of the same.
In the video Ben Stokes can be seen wearing a headband like his senior teammate Stuart Broad. Yesterday, Stuart Broad had also shared a video of him training and said that he was wearing a headband to leave the habit of touching his face due sweat on face.
Broad took ‘a leaf out of’ Broad’s book during his 5-over bowling session today.
“Great to be back out on grass bowling today…solid 5 over spell taking a leaf out of @stuartbroad8 book with getting used to bowling with a sweat band on.. @chriswoakes not quite got the Alice band in me yet,” Ben Stokes captioned the video.
Stokes’ fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes was has also resumed training at his home ground at Edgbaston.
“I took everything I needed for training with me: bottles, towels, medicine balls, bands that I use for warming up. I was given a box of balls, ready there for me to use once I got into the ground. And then those balls are now mine. No one else will touch them the whole thing of having one skin on each ball,” Woakes had told about his training.
“It was all very strict. On arrival there’s a station where you can wash your hands and put anti-bac on before you start. There was a physio from Warwickshire there with me but, again, we don’t come into contact. We stayed more than two metres apart and I did my training. It took about an hour, and then I walked back through the Hollies to my car and left,” Woakes had added.
ICC in it’s fresh guidelines has banned players from going to washrooms in between the training sessions, asked umpires to not hold the sweaters and sunglasses of the players and requested everyone on field to maintain a basic hygiene like sneezing and coughing in their elbows. Players have also been advised to not use saliva on the ball.