England cricketer Ben Stokes will take an 'indefinite break' from all cricket to focus on his mental health

Northern Superchargers' Ben Stokes leaves the game after being dismissed for five runs during The Hundred match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Northern Superchargers' Ben Stokes leaves the game after being dismissed for five runs during The Hundred match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The 30-year-old will play no part in the forthcoming Test series with India

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Ben Stokes “will take an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect”, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The 30-year-old all-rounder will play no part in the forthcoming Test series against India in a bid to safeguard his mental health and rest his injured finger.

An ECB statement read: “The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that England men’s all-rounder Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from all cricket with immediate effect.

“Stokes has withdrawn from England’s Test squad ahead of the LV= Insurance Test series against India starting next week to prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed since his return to competitive cricket earlier this month.

“The ECB fully supports Ben’s decision and we will continue to help him during this period away from the game.”