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Rajasthan Royals not sure about Ben Stokes’ availability: Andrew McDonald

By: PTI | Dubai |

Up to date: September 15, 2020 6:06:52 pm

Ben Stokes’ father Ged was admitted to hospital in Johannesburg two days earlier than Christmas final yr. (Supply: File)

Rajasthan Royals head coach Andrew McDonald says the franchise is “undecided” in regards to the availability of star all-rounder Ben Stokes within the upcoming IPL as he’s tending to his ailing father in New Zealand.

Stokes, hero of England’s World Cup triumph final yr, goes by a troublesome part. He pulled out of the three-match sequence towards Pakistan in August earlier than the second Take a look at to be along with his father, identified with mind most cancers.

“In the beginning, ideas with the Stokes household. It’s a tough situation, so we’re giving him as a lot time as he wants, and connecting with him as greatest we are able to,” McDonald was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“So yeah, we’re undecided the place Stokesy’s at proper now, however as soon as it has performed out, then we are able to make our selections from there. However I don’t wish to second-guess what’s going to occur with him simply but.”

Because the first Take a look at towards Pakistan, the highest all-rounder has not performed any cricket. As a substitute, he travelled to New Zealand, the place his dad and mom are settled.

Stokes’ father Ged, a former New Zealand rugby league worldwide, was admitted to hospital in Johannesburg two days earlier than Christmas final yr with a critical sickness.

Requested about RR skipper Steve Smith, who missed two Australia ODIs with concussion in England, McDonald didn’t appear too frightened.

“Steve Smith is a little more clear-cut, I feel. He wants a little bit little bit of time, it was a brief turnaround between sport one and two the place the concussion occurred, so I’d think about there have been some lingering unintended effects.

“They’ll be erring on the facet of warning, so hopefully (they’ll) see him on the market once more on Wednesday (for the third ODI towards England in Manchester).”

Appointed final yr because the crew’s head coach, McDonald is optimistically gearing up for his first IPL, the presence of some promising gamers giving him causes to hope.

“We’ve added some depth when it comes to our left-hand batting, specifically in (Anuj) Rawat and (Yashashvi) Jaiswal among the many home-grown gamers, so we predict we’ve bought some choices there.

“The way in which we arrange on the public sale, we really feel we are able to construction our facet as much as three or 4 alternative ways.”

The coach additionally spoke about South African recruit David Miller, who is understood for his ending abilities.

“He’s bought nice flexibility. He was at Kings XI (Punjab) for a very long time, so I’m hoping that change of setting sparks his greatest kind. He’s actually fitted into the environment effectively.

“He was the primary abroad participant to land, which is nice as a result of normally you don’t get entry to the abroad guys till 10 days out or generally much less.

“He’s been nothing however implausible thus far for the group, serving to our younger left-handers specifically, and simply creating power across the group. And his fielding is second to none.”

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