Sport by Press Association 25/02/2019, 8:38 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Trevor Bayliss stressed the importance of treading carefully with Ben Stokes’ fitness after standing him down from from duty long before rain washed out the third one-day international in Grenada. The all-rounder rolled his ankle during fielding practice on the eve of the match and was replaced in the team by Alex Hales despite being available to face the West Indies as a specialist batsman. As it was Stokes missed nothing, with the coin toss between Jason Holder and Eoin Morgan the only action fans witnessed on a dreary and damp day in St George’s. It was, though, a recognition from the backroom team that he must be protected at all costs leading up to the World Cup, including from himself. Stokes is reluctant to miss any cricket on fitness grounds and regularly puts himself through a punishing physical workload, but Bayliss saw enough to realise rest was the order of the day. “He could have batted and fielded today but he said he could feel his ankle a little bit warming up to bowl,” explained the England coach. “He was probably not… Read full this story
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