England all-rounder Ben Stokes is yet to officially resume training as part of England and Wales Cricket Board’s individual sessions but that hasn’t stopped him from using whatever resource at hand to do some practice at his home.
Stokes found a new way to do some catching practice using a tennis ball and his house wall in Durham.
The 2020 ICC Player of the Year posted a video of himself doing catching practice by bouncing a tennis ball against his house wall and also wrote a hilarious caption to go along with it.
“Throw throw throw your ball gently against your house…if ya smash a window don’t forget to run away from your wife and get used to eating and sleeping outside,” Stokes wrote.
Throw throw throw your ball gently against your house…if ya smash a window don’t forget to run away from your wife and get used to eating and sleeping outside pic.twitter.com/YYtfI0nqWt
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) May 21, 2020
The ECB has shortlisted 18 pacers for individual sessions across seven county grounds throughout the United Kingdom.
England pacer Stuart Broad and all-rounder Chris Woakes were among the 18 cricketers who were the first to return to individual training on Thursday.
Broad even posted a video on Instagram in which he showed himself taking his temperature with a digital thermometer at home before uploading the result to an app.
Then, he sanitised his training kit and drove off to the stadium, where he was given a designated car parking space.
Given the threat, the ECB has provided the pacers with their own set of balls, and Broad used them as he rolled his arm over on a single pitch with no batsman or wicketkeeper. There was a physiotherapist, though, to help him with his training under the new set of guidelines.
“So much work has gone on behind the scenes to make this possible. Thanks to all the people @englandcricket & @trentbridge who have been involved, I really appreciate it. Felt great to be back out there having a bowl. Loved it,” Broad wrote on his Instagram account.
The cricketers also had individuals rest rooms marked for them.
All cricketing activities in England have been suspended since mid-March due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.