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Pears keeper Cox to take a break from cricket for mental health reasons

Rob George 14th Jun, 2022 Updated: 14th Jun, 2022

WORCESTERSHIRE wicket-keeper Ben Cox is to take a ‘short break’ from the game for mental health reasons, the club has revealed.

No further details have been released about the 30-year-old’s decision to step away from the pitch or when he may return to the field.

Cox, who is vice captain to Moeen Ali in the Blast side, has once again shown his excellence behind the stumps this season and clocked up his 400th dismissal for the Pears in the win over Leicestershire last month.

He became only the fourth player to achieve the feat for the Pears after Steve Rhodes, Roy Booth and Hugo Yarnold.

In stepping away, Cox has followed in the footsteps of England skipper Ben Stokes who took a four-month break from cricket last summer.

The talented keeper-batsman played for the Rapids in Friday night’s Blast defeat against Derbyshire Falcons. He was replaced behind the stumps for the County Championship clash with Durham which began on Sunday (June 12) by Gareth Roderick.

After signing a two-year extension to the end of the 2023 season last year, Cox spoke of his pride at more than a decade behind the stumps for the county.

“This club means the world to me, being a Worcestershire boy, and it means a hell of a lot to commit for another three years to the club,” he said.

“If you had asked me when I made my debut that you would have had a 15-year career and the club had offered you a benefit year, I would have snapped your hand off.”

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