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Stokes suffers injury concern as England star struggles to bowl in Ashes opener

Ben Stokes picked up a knock on day two of the first Ashes Test which limited the amount of overs he bowled

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England ‘s star all-rounder Ben Stokes struggled with an injury concern on day two of the first Ashes Test against Australia.

After bowling a probing first five overs in the morning session, which saw him bowl David Warner for 17 off a no ball, Stokes appeared to pick up a knock while fielding.

The 30-year-old began limping after preventing a boundary in the 29th over was seen hobbling throughout the rest of the first session.

The word from the England camp was that Stokes had a niggle but that it was not a serious injury.

Stokes has repeatedly played niggles before, but 38 overs passed before he attempted to bowl again, with England mindful of his workload after a four-month absence from cricket.

Ben Stokes picked up a knock on day two of the first Ashes Test which limited the amount of overs he bowled
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When he did come back into the attack, Stokes gingerly ran into bowl and was struck for three boundaries by Travis Head in an over which cost 12 runs.

Ollie Robinson was the pick of England’s bowlers on day two, picking up the wickets of Marcus Harris, Warner and Cameron Green.

Mark Wood also bowled well for little reward, although he did take the key wicket of Steve Smith.

Warner top scored for Australia, battling to 94 before he was caught by Stokes at cover off Robinson.

He put on a key 156-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne which saw Australia take a first innings lead.

Labuschagne showed his class as he made 74, leaving the ball expertly and barely putting a foot wrong up until his dismissal.

It was Jack Leach who brought Labuschagne’s innings to an end, with Australia looking to take the attack to the spinner.

Leach did prove expensive, going at more than eight an over, but Australia’s ultra-attacking nature proved to be Labuschagne’s downfall as he ended up spooning a catch straight to Wood at point.

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