Stokes nearing Durham first XI return

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England all rounder Ben Stokes is on the brink of a return to the game after two months out, having recovered from the broken wrist he inflicted upon himself in the West Indies in March.

England all rounder Ben Stokes is on the brink of a return to the game after two months out, having recovered from the broken wrist he inflicted upon himself in the West Indies in March.

The fiery player punched a locker after being dismissed in the Caribbean, and broke a small bone in his wrist near his thumb. He thus missed the World Twenty20 and the current series against Sri Lanka.

Stokes has been playing with Durham's second team in recent weeks, and their coach Alastair Maiden believes Stokes will be good to go for the First XI against Nottinghamshire in the County Championship.

Maiden told <i>www.durhamccc.co.uk</i>: "He looks absolutely fine, no problems with his injury.

"I don't think his injury is affecting his batting at all, he looks like he's never left the crease really from the Ashes.

"In my eyes he (Stokes) is not far off being fit to play."

"His bowling is progressing slowly," he added, opting to be cautious.

"There's no problem batting, no problem fielding and it's just about building his bowling back up but I can't see any problem with him being available for that game (against Nottinghamshire)."

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