Former England captain and one-day captain Alastair Cook believes that the return of the universal Ben Stokes from injury would give a huge boost to the team before the five games against India in August-September this year.
Stokes celebrated his return to cricket after surgery on his left index finger on Sunday, hitting 18 balls 29 and taking one goal as his county Durham beat the Birmingham Bears with 22 runs in the Vitality Blast T20 tournament here.
The 30-year-old Stokes had to retire from the Indian Premier League (IPL) before stopping due to injury.
Before the tests against India, Stokes is preparing to return for a one-day international series against Pakistan, which starts in Cardiff on July 8.
“It will be a better country with the Stokes coming back against India. They (England) will obviously be better balanced, which I think is a huge problem for them and has forced some strange selections against New Zealand, not a dry belt spinner, “Cook told ESPNcricinfo.
England recently lost a series of two tests against New Zealand with 0: 1.
“India has shown how good they are at the moment because they are in the final of the World Cup, but for five test matches in England England it is difficult to win at home and I expect a very tough battle,” said Cook, one of the most prolific. batsmen in the modern era, who played 161 tests and scored 12,472 tracks.
“India would also be here for a long time, so he could get mentally tired by the end of the tour. India will start pretty well, but for five games in a row, winning over England at home is a monumental effort. So I think if England stays with India early, there is no reason they can’t win. “