Stokes champing at the bit
Ben Stokes has earned the nicknames 'Rocky' and 'The Hurt Locker' after sustaining the wrist injury which has delayed his start to the season.
The 22-year-old required an operation after fracturing his scaphoid when he punched a dressing-room locker following his dismissal in the third Twenty20 international against West Indies - an incident which ruled him out of the World Twenty20 tournament.
And former England spinner Graeme Swann will not allow the all-rounder to forget about it.
"I've been called Rocky a couple of times," Stokes said.
"Swanny sings the theme tune in my ear every time I see him. The Hurt Locker, if you've heard of that film..."
Stokes, one of the few bright lights of England's miserable winter in Australia, has endured a difficult start to the campaign, limited to playing computer games and minor gym work before a May 12 specialist appointment which he hopes will give him the all-clear to return to the middle with bat and ball.
He added: "I find it quite tough watching. I'm champing at the bit to get back out there.
"Doing this was no-one else's fault. It was an act of stupidity.
"When I get back on the park I want to build on the decent start I've had in international cricket and hopefully this injury hasn't stopped me from doing that.
"It's just a case of me getting on the pitch, playing cricket and we'll see how it goes."
England coach Peter Moores suggested Stokes is unlikely to feature on the opening Test of the summer against Sri Lanka on June 12, particularly as those competing for places have begun the summer well.
Stokes added: "That's still quite a long time away. It's totally dependent on when I can get back on the park and how much cricket I get under my belt.
"The selectors are going to have a tough job. It's good watching the young guys doing well.
"When I do get on the pitch I have to make sure I'm getting hundreds and taking wickets."
Stokes hopes to make an impact in one-day cricket, too, when the opportunity arises.
His one-day international debut against Ireland in August 2011 was the first time he had played in a 50-over match as domestic cricket featured 40-over competitions.
Now the competition formats are aligned, Stokes thinks England will only benefit.
"Even though it's only an extra 10 overs, it seemed a lot longer than that," he said.
"Now playing 50-over cricket domestically, I think it's the right way. Playing 40 overs and going to 50 overs is a big difference.
"Now there won't be such a big change in the way they (aspiring England players) play if they do get a chance to play for England.
"We might see some big scores in 50 overs - 350, 360 domestically - which can only be good for England.
"If you're going to win World Cups you're going to have to score big runs, learn how to take 10 wickets and beat teams.
"Doing that domestically I think is brilliant."