Ged Stokes, the father of New Zealand-born English cricket star Ben Stokes, has revealed that he has brain cancer and so his son withdrew from the Test series against Pakistan to return home to be with his family. Ben Stokes left England after the first test in Manchester, and is now undergoing a 14-day Covid-19 forced quarantine in New Zealand before joining his parents in Christchurch. Ged, a former New Zealand rugby league international, was first hospitalized while in Johannesburg in December, when he needed emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, three days before the first English test against South Africa .
Further medical tests on his return to New Zealand found tumors in his brain.
“So basically brain cancer,” Ged Stokes told the New Zealand Herald in an article published Saturday.
“Nobody knows how that came about, but it’s clear that I’ve had a few blows to the head in my life, so that probably contributed to it. It wouldn’t have helped.”
Ben Stokes, who played a man-of-the-match role last year to help England beat New Zealand in a dramatic World Cup final, said he felt when his father collapsed in South Africa that it was something serious .
“I carried a knee injury in South Africa, but I felt my attitude change. What’s a sore knee? I can cast another spell or I can cast another spell. I decided an injury meant very little compared to what Daddy said. has been there since I thought Dad might not see me play again, ”he said.
“Even when I left South Africa to go back home (to England) I felt like something else was going to happen. I felt like I was constantly preparing myself for another call, so when it came it was not necessarily a surprise, but it didn’t make it any easier. “
He praised his father and his experiences as a professional rugby league player for showing him the discipline needed to be a professional athlete.
“He was hard on me, especially as a teenager – 17, 18, 19, if you’re a little bit rebellious – he was tough. But as I got older I realized it was all for a reason. wanted to become a professional sportsman and he tapped into that when I started making a career in cricket, ”said Ben.
“I didn’t know then, but looking back I know he did it for the right reasons.
“He used to get me out of bed early to go to the gym with him when I didn’t want to … all those things that you didn’t appreciate at the time, but now I look back.”
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