Ben Stokes to take indefinite break from all cricket to ‘prioritise his mental well-being’

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Ben Stokes has announced he is to take an “indefinite” break from cricket to ”prioritise his mental well-being”.

The England all-rounder will initially miss the upcoming Test series against India.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it fully supported his decision.

Managing director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: “Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing.

“Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people.

“The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.

“Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging.

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“The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone’s wellbeing.

“Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future.”

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