Ben Stokes knows the chances of cricket - or any sport - taking place any time soon are slim and none.

But the England all-rounder is keeping his mind and body firmly on the job to combat the physical and mental effects of the lockdown.

He explains: “It is a very difficult situation for everybody, that’s the most important thing to stress.

“From my point of view, my next scheduled cricket is the Indian Premier League so I have to have a mindset that I could playing on the 20th of April so what would I normally do to prepare for that? I have to try and make myself do that on the off-chance that we do go ahead.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is keeping his mind and body firmly on the job

“I just can’t be of the mindset that I am just going to chill. Three weeks of doing nothing takes a serious amount of getting back.

Always keep myself fit.”

And to help that, Red Bull are providing Stokes with home gym equipment.

“I’m a Red Bull athlete and I’m lucky that they are looking after all the team both physically and mentally,” says Stokes.

Stokes has been training at home during this self isolating period

Indeed, for a mental distraction, Stokes will be having a go on a Formula One simulator.

But there is no doubt he will find a long stretch without any cricket psychologically tough.

Stokes explained: “My work is pretty much 365 days a year. I’m active all year round. I’ve got to be doing something.

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“And if I’m not keeping myself busy, I’m not keeping myself fit, I might get into a place, mentally, where I don’t want to be.

“That’s why I have to keep active. We all do.”

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