Ben Stokes reveals he cannot eat during an innings

Bangladesh v England - Second Test: Day One

Ben Stokes has become one of England's ultimate all-rounders, but there's one thing he can't do during an innings - eat. 

Technically, the Durham County cricketer has it all. He can hit almost anything for six, score big runs, field from any position, and protect the boundary better than most.

Coupled with his great attitude and passion on the field, this makes him one of England's most dangerous all-rounders.


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However, the one thing that's holding Stokes back at the moment is his inability to eat while batting.

No matter how many times the England management ask him to do it, the 25-year-old admitted he just can't do it. 

According to The Mirror, he explained the situation while on tour in India this week.

He said: "I can’t eat when I’m not out, I don’t know why. 

"Our physio, strength-and-conditioning coach and doctor were trying to force-feed me, pretty much. I literally can’t eat, not even a protein shake or anything. I’ve never been able to do it."


His failure to eat is also affecting his performance at the stumps, which is why the medical teams are so intent on making Stokes eat.

He was cramping up towards the end of a Test against India last week when he faced over 200 balls in Rajkot. He did manage to play through the pain and score a massive 128 runs, however. 

There are still four matches to play before the tour concludes, and England must make sure they keep Stokes fully fed as the team are beginning to rely on him more than ever.  

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