The Ashes – Is Ben Stokes Coming Back? Stokes resumes bowling, Ashes call-up on the cards? – England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes could be in line for a potential call up to the side, after he continues to ace his recovery. The 2019 World Cup hero, Stokes had taken an indefinite break from cricketer earlier this year to focus on his mental health and recovery from finger surgery. Stokes recently underwent surgery for the same and has recovered well, sparking a debate on his potential Ashes return – Follow all Ashes Updates on InsideSport.in
The Ashes: Ben Stokes ready for comeback? England star starts bowling again, is Ashes call-up on the cards?
The Ashes – Is Ben Stokes Coming Back? Ben Stokes has taken another huge step in his recovery from injury, after posting a video of him bowling, which has sparked a potential Ashes return for the all-rounder. Stokes had missed the Hundred and the IPL 2021 Phase 2 due to injury, and a short video of him bowling has the England fans in high spirits.
Stokes had earlier this month posted a series of videos of him batting, revealing that he was able to properly hold the willow for the first time in months. The all-rounder had captained England during the series against Pakistan and played the inaugural Hundred for the Northern Superchargers, before announcing his break.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 18, 2021
The Ashes: Ben Stokes is bowling again, sparks debate of a return to the team ahead of The Ashes
Ben Stokes was not picked in the initial squad for the Ashes, but head coach Chris Silverwood has left the door ajar for him to return to the team. The England players who are not involved in the T20 World Cup are due to fly out to Australia in around two-and-a-half weeks on November 4, with the series set to begin on December 8. Chris Silverwood confirmed that any news on Stokes’ availability will depend on the player itself.
Silverwood said “When Ben is ready, he’ll give me a call and then we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, make plans where necessary. Ben is moving forward, and the communications I have had with him, he is definitely more upbeat. I’ll be led by him and my concern first and foremost is his well-being. And when he does come back we’ll make sure he’s in the right place and he is ready to perform.”
Men’s Ashes Series Full Schedule, England’s Squad for The Ashes
The five-Test men’s Ashes will start in Brisbane on December 8 before a day/night match in Adelaide. The traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will then take place.
Sydney, however, will be the venue for the fourth Test, rather than the series finale as has been customary, with the fifth Test at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
December 8 – December 12: The Gabba
December 16 – December 20: Adelaide Oval (Day-night)
December 26 – December 30: MCG
January 5 – January 9: SCG
January 14 – January 18: Perth Stadium
England’s Squad for The Ashes: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.