Stokes will be seen in action on Wednesday when England and Australia lock horns in the first Ashes Test.
Last year, on December 8 Stokes’ father Ged Stokes passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer at the age of 65. Stokes penned an emotional note for his late father on the eve of the first Test.
“I wasn’t sure if I would ever walk out onto a field ever again a few months ago, I find it amazing that when I do walk out tomorrow I’ll be remembering you exactly 1 year on since you left us….You are gonna be with me this whole week,” Stokes said in his Instagram post.
The all-rounder had opted for the break to prioritise his mental well-being and to rest his left index finger, which hadn’t fully healed since his return to competitive cricket in August.
In October this year, Stokes underwent a second operation to address issues with the finger that he injured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing for Rajasthan Royals in April.
The all-rounder was named in the England squad for the Ashes and is ready to take the field on Wednesday in the opening match.
England Men’s Squad for first Ashes Test:Joe Root (c), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.