Vishal Mehra ∙ Apr 7 2023, 9:24 AM

Will Jacks Pins Blame on His 'Busiest Winter' for his Hip Injury

image-lg6777ekWill Jacks claimed a six-wicket haul on Test debut [Source: Twitter]

An emerging talent for England, Will Jacks made an instant mark on Test cricket, picking a maiden six-wicket haul on debut last year against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. Since then, the all-rounder has travelled to New Zealand, South Africa, and Bangladesh for international and franchise commitments, which according to him resulted in his hip injury.

Jacks was diagnosed with a hip flexor injury during the Three Lions' white-ball tour of Bangladesh last month, forcing the Surrey player to be ruled out of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 as well.

The 24-year-old was brought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for INR 3.2 crore.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Jacks stated that constant traveling took a toll on his body, which caused the injury, however, he remains confident about making a return with as much enthusiasm as he started back in 2022. 

Here's what Jacks said

"I had 40 flights in the winter. I was meant to go to the IPL, so it would have been another 20 or something. It has definitely been the busiest winter I've ever had; I don't think it helped. When we play in England, we drive everywhere. 

"But when you get flying involved, it almost doubles. In South Africa, you have to fly to every game. In New Zealand, we took quite a few flights, and then obviously a long one to Bangladesh. That's the difference - when you're flying between games, the recovery has to be even more important."

Jacks is expected to recover in time for Surrey's T20 Blast campaign that gets underway sometime in May.

The player starred for Pretoria Capitals in the recently concluded SA20 League, scoring 270 runs. Overall, Jacks has played two Tests, two T20Is and as many ODIs for England.