English star all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to play for Durham in their Twenty20 Blast quarter-final at home. He will be available to play as a specialist batsman.
Stokes had starred for his national team against India in the first Test. However, he couldn't do much in the third Test, except a fighting batting display in second innings which went in vain.
The 27-year-old was initially ruled out of Friday’s match at Durham’s Chester-le-Street headquarters after a minor injury in his left knee during England’s 203-run defeat by India in the third Test at Trent Bridge.
Durham confirmed Stokes would be fit to face Sussex.
“Ben Stokes has been made available by the England and Wales Cricket Board for tomorrow night’s Vitality Blast quarter-final against Sussex Sharks,” said a statement on Durham’s website.
“The all-rounder will add significant firepower as a batsman only as the Jets aim for a place at finals day.
“Stokes was initially ruled out of contention due to a left knee niggle but has been re-assessed -- and the England medical team, in conjunction with Durham, have passed him fit to play as a specialist batsman.”
Stokes, after getting cleared from all charges against him for being involved in a fist fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year, was called back to the squad. He will also be a part of England's Test squad for next Test on August 30.