Stokes says he almost choked on a tablet in a hotel room


Stokes took an indefinite hiatus from cricket in July to focus on his mental health while recovering from a second operation on a broken finger, and was a late addition to the England squad for the Australia tour

Englishman Ben Stokes feared “this would be the end” after nearly choking on a tablet while alone in his hotel room in front of the Ashes.

The all-rounder, writing in a column for the Daily Mirror, said the tablet fell the wrong way and got stuck in his windpipe.

“Until he came out, I thought this might be the end,” he added. “I was alone in my room and couldn’t breathe as it lodged and started to dissolve. I felt like my mouth was on fire.

“Without going into too much detail, I have never seen so much saliva as on Sunday morning, it was a really scary experience.”



Stokes took an indefinite hiatus from cricket in July to focus on his mental health while recovering from a second operation on a broken finger, and was a late addition to the England squad for the Australia tour.

The 30-year-old said the finger injury was going very well and he was in a good position mentally.

However, he had another fear when he took a bullet to his forearm during training, which left him in excruciating pain.

“I couldn’t lift it… I thought it was broken,” Stokes added. Fortunately, the pain and reaction eased once we got back into the locker room and the physiotherapists could be sure it wasn’t much of a break.


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“It wasn’t until I got back to my hotel room that I took stock of the day I had spent. The adrenaline had worn off and I was exhausted. Glad to be. here to tell the story, but hoping my pre-test dramas are now over. “

The series of five tests are set to begin in Brisbane on December 8. Australia retained the Ashes in 2019 after a 2-2 draw in England.



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