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Ben Stokes takes ‘indefinite break’ from cricket with immediate effect to ‘prioritise his mental wellbeing’

BEN STOKES has taken an "indefinite break" from cricket to focus on his mental health.

The England allrounder has pulled out of England's Test squad for their upcoming series against India, the ECB confirmed.

Stokes told The Mirror: “Just because we are in nice hotels and are well paid doesn’t mean we don’t go through the same stresses and strains as everyone else.

“We are all human and our mental well-being is very important. The ECB are right to look after their players as best they can.”

Managing Director of England Men's Cricket, Ashley Giles, added: “Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing.

"Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. 

“The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.

"Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging. 

“The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone's wellbeing."

"Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future."

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