England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who took an infinite break from cricket in July to focus on his mental health and recover from finger surgery, is currently preparing for the five-match Ashes series against Australia.
Stokes is a part of England’s squad for the Ashes and likely to make his comeback after almost five months in the first Test match at the Gabba, starting December 8.
As captain Joe Root and his men are preparing to regain Ashes from Australia, the 30-year-old all-rounder looked in full swing in one of the team’s net practice sessions at the Gabba on Thursday. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) took to Twitter and shared a clip of Stokes hammering the bowlers in the nets.
Here’s the video:
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 25, 2021
England team took part in a warm-up game against the English Lions. However, the game was washed out due to rain. The Three Lions have just one more game intra-squad warm-up match, starting on November 30.
Meanwhile, the Aussies will play a three-day intra-squad warm-up match, starting on December 1. Due to an explicit message controversy, Tim Paine stepped down from the Test captaincy. Pat Cummins was named as 47th Test Skipper of Australia and Steve Smith was appointed as the vice-captain of the side.
Australia is the current holder of Ashes after the 2019 edition of the series concluded in a draw in England.
Notably, England have lost each of their last two Ashes tours in Australia.