Olly Stone, the right-arm pace bowler has shown interest to don the whites again to represent England Cricket Team in the longest format. Olly Stone is apparently ‘hungry’ to mark his return to the test side and play the next chapter of Ashes, which would take place in 2023.
The 29-year-old, Olly Stone, cricketer may his test debut against Ireland at Lord’s in 2019 after playing One-day cricket for a while. Olly had a remarkable debut encounter as the pacer claimed 3 scalps in 12 overs at an economy of just 2.40. The victims were Andy Balbirnie, Tim Murtagh, and Gary Wilson.
The Norwich-born, Olly Stone, player also recently made his T20 international debut against Pakistan. However, Olly was out of the circuit in the wake of an injury in 2021, when he played his last test match against New Zealand.
The England pacer has a long history of injuries and recently he was ruled out from the England test squad after sustaining a back stress fracture. Apparently, Olly Stone underwent surgery to implant a metal screw, which is intended to support his spine. He gave an interview before travelling to Australia, Olly Stone indicated an early retirement from Test cricket.
“I Want to Still Play Test Cricket, I’ve Still Got That Hunger”, Olly Stone
The ‘Olly Stone Story’ has been an unprecedented specimen of cricket as a sport. The Nottinghamshire player once curtained his dream of ever playing cricket, now in all readiness, after enduring a life-saving surgery, Olly is all set to mark his return to the England test side.
Olly Stone said, “I’ve spoken to Stokesy and just said how I want to still play Test cricket, I’ve still got that hunger. One of the main reasons why I went down the surgical route with my back was to be able to hopefully withstand that amount of cricket and demand on my body.”
Before the Ashes tour, Olly Stone is expecting to scorch back to the test squad in the New Zealand series, which would take place in February next year. England would tour the Blackcaps for a two-match test series starting from February 16th.
“After Christmas, there’s a combination of white-ball cricket and franchise cricket that hopefully I can keep my loads up and get me in a place that I can put my hand up and be selectable for Test cricket. “I’m not quite sure where yet, hopefully, I can be involved in the New Zealand stuff and then go from there. For me now is getting some good run of cricket under my belt and see what goes from there,” he added.
Olly Stone is presently touring Australia for the ODI series and was in the England line-up for the first ODI. Although Stone failed to grab a breakthrough, he indicated that he can still click 140kmph. Stone will move to Abu Dhabi to represent Chennai Braves in his initial Abu Dhabi T10 League experience.
It is also noted that Olly Stone has made slight adjustments to his bowling action in order to alleviate the pressure on his lower back caused by the unintentional jerk of his left arm or leg following his delivery stride.
The nemesis Australia and England are set to lock horns in the biggest Test competition in the world – The Ashes, starting from the 16th of June. In chronological order, the five venues hosting the series are Edgbaston, Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford, and Kennington Oval.