England’s Ben Stokes has insisted he would trade all the personal success he has enjoyed in 2019 if it meant his father was no longer in hospital.
Ben Stoke’s participation in this month’s first Test against South Africa, was called into doubt when his father, Ged admitted in hospital.
He admitted to a Johannesburg hospital with what a team spokesman said a serious illness.
Stokes saw several England players struggle on at Centurion following a bug that spread through the squad.
Ben’s father admitted to intensive care but his condition improved sufficiently for his son to play in a match England lost by 107 runs to fall 1-0 behind in the four-Test series.
Ged Stokes remains in hospital, with wife Deborah at his side.
While, the rest of the Stokes family have moved to Cape Town for Friday’s start of the second Test.
The scene of Ben’s stunning career-best 258 was four years ago.
This year has been a successful one for Stokes, who played a key role in England’s thrilling World Cup final win over New Zealand.
A remarkable unbeaten century, before, secured a dramatic one-wicket win in the third Ashes Test against Australia.
Stokes wrote in a column, “At the end of the most memorable of years I am finding it quite hard to sum up 2019 right now.
“There have been some unbelievable highs, and some real lows, but to see out the year with my dad in hospital has put things into perspective
“If someone could say ‘I’ll take everything away from you that happened this summer, but your dad is healthy and watching you play cricket’ then I’d say yeah, swap it.”