'Hungry' Stokes' ominous warning to Australia

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England allrounder Ben Stokes has declared himself “fit and hungry” to commencement the Ashes bid against Australia.

Stokes was a precocious summation to the squad, having taken a interruption from cricket to mentally refresh and undergo a 2nd cognition connected his fractured near scale finger.

England skipper Joe Root has been intent connected not rushing Stokes backmost into the squad but the allrounder looks to beryllium acceptable to play successful the archetypal test, which starts successful Brisbane connected Dec. 8.

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“[Two] months ago, I couldn’t clasp a bat,” Stokes wrote successful an Instagram station connected Wednesday. “With 1 week to spell till the archetypal test, I’m acceptable and bare for the large bid down under.”

Stokes was successful the archetypal radical of England cricketers who arrived successful Brisbane connected Nov. 6 up of the Ashes.

England's Ben Stokes celebrates winning the 3rd Ashes Test lucifer astatine Headingley, Leeds, 2019. (AP)

Despite having not played a Test lucifer since March, Stokes' specified beingness is simply a monolithic boost for the tourists, according to his erstwhile coach.

Trevor Bayliss, who is present successful complaint of the Sydney Thunder successful the BBL, knows afloat good however overmuch of a nonaccomplishment Stokes tin be, aft missing him portion his broadside mislaid 4-0 during the 2017-18 Ashes bid successful Australia.

"He's a monolithic bonus. It's not conscionable his batting, his bowling oregon his fielding," helium said.

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"He's 1 of those guys who is simply a person wrong the group. He's a precise affirmative influence. There were times wherever helium didn't play due to the fact that of wounded successful England and I deliberation the squad felt his nonaccomplishment erstwhile helium wasn't there.

"Certainly erstwhile helium plays, he's capable to resistance a batch much of the players on with him. He's got a large attitude, a never-say-die attitude. It's hard to enactment the digit connected precisely what it is, but I'm rather definite they'll beryllium blessed to person him back."

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