Joe Root confident Stokes can get back to match-winning best in Australia


Stokes has missed lots of cricket through injury this year, but he is putting in the work to be ready for the Gabba

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Ben Stokes gets back in the swing of things after Ashes omission

Joe Root is confident Ben Stokes can return to his match-winning best in time to have a giant impact on the Ashes.

Root will set off for his third Ashes tour on Thursday with a spring in his step after watching several pieces of his puzzle, including Stokes, fall into place ahead of the journey.

There will be three days of hotel quarantine followed by a further more relaxed 11 days in a resort on the Gold Coast where England will start their preparations for the five Test clash.

And it is where Stokes will up his workloads to make sure that he can play a full part in the two inter squad warm up games and then hit the ground running at the Gabba on December 8th.

Ben Stokes is training hard to get himself ready for the Ashes



“I think he’s a massive asset in many respects,” said Root. “First and foremost his performances on the field, especially what he has done against Australia in the recent past.

“But also the way that he plays his cricket. Look at where we are going: we are going to have periods of play where it’s going to be very challenging.

“We’re going to have people stick their hands up and grab the game – he is someone who will always do that, and he has had success there before.

Joe Root is heading Down Under on Thursday for his third Ashes tour


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“One of the things that we are going to have to manage is making sure his workloads are up with ball in hand and that he doesn’t go in light ahead of that first game.

“But if there’s one thing we can bet on with Ben it’s that he’ll do everything he can to ready himself and then put in performances that will help England win games of cricket.”

In addition to the returning Stokes, Root also took great glee from seeing how another key man, Jos Buttler has been performing out at the T20 World Cup, particularly his 71 not out against the Aussie attack which will be fairly similar to the Test attack.

Jos Buttler put the Aussies to the sword at the T20 World Cup


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“We’ve got a good understanding of how they play their cricket at home,” added Root. “And I think it’s just making sure we do the work now and we give ourselves that confidence.

“Australia’s attack has been very similar for a long period of time now, there’s a lot of information and knowledge that we can prepare ourselves for.

“And also probably try and lean on that confidence and performance the T20 side put in the other night.

“There will be guys from both teams involved in the Ashes and I suppose you want to try and capture as much confidence going into that series as much as you can.”

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