Mon, Dec 11, 2023 8:50 AM
By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer
England test captain Ben Stokes is expected to be fit for the start of the five-test tour of India beginning Jan. 25 after being selected in a 16-man squad less than two weeks after undergoing left knee surgery. England director of cricket Rob Key says in a video call that Stokes will not bowl in the series. Key says Stokes’ surgery on Nov. 29 was a “success” and that the captain was on course to be ready for the first test in Hyderabad from Jan. 25-29. It will be England’s first test series since the retirement of veteran pacer Stuart Broad.