CM – England captain Joe Root is confident that Ben Stokes is « on track » for Ashes return

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Stokes, 30, was not featured in England’s original Ashes roster after taking an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health and recover from a badly broken index finger.

Published: November 14, 2021 12:04 PM |

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LONDON: According to test captain Joe Root, Ben Stokes is « on the right track » to return to England at the Ashes opener in Brisbane next month.

The star all-rounder has himself England’s Red Ball specialists hooked up in a pre-party for the five test series as they await the arrival of the T20 World Cup players.

Stokes, 30, was not named in England’s original Ashes squad after having an indefinite roster He had taken a break from cricket to focus on his mental health and recover from a badly broken index finger Test could take part in Gabba even though he hasn’t played since July.

« Ben has been fully involved in training for the past few days, » he added. « We saw him training. It’s always great to have him back to work, so it’s really nice to have him back with us. » Root was also optimistic about the fitness of seasoned seaman Stuart Broad, after the 35-year-old’s home season was interrupted in August by a torn calf.

« He threw himself into the nets again today … He’s bringing these workloads up again, » said the skipper.

 » All the bowlers really want to make sure they are absolutely ready for their first test match. We have all options on the table. « 

The rest of the test team, along with head coach Chris Silverwood, will follow England’s semi-final defeat in the next week, along with head coach Chris Silverwood T20 World Cup against New Zealand directly from Dubai.

Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood were all involved in this defeat, but Root is confident that given the importance of the Ashes, he will not be able to one will have trouble raising their morale.

« It’s a huge series, » he said. « It’s one that everyone wants to be a part of, that people look forward to every four years. So yes there will be disappointments, but at the same time it’s another great challenge and opportunity for us to go in and do something special. « 

England’s last 10 Tests in Australia resulted in nine losses and one draw, but Root said the tourists knew what they were up against.

 » We know about this Australian team, especially in terms of it on his bowling attack that it has long been very sedentary and very similar, « said Root, who was out with the bat in glittering form in 2021.

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