Following a six-month sabbatical from international cricket, England all-rounder Ben Stokes returns to train with his colleagues. After stating that he will take an indefinite vacation from cricket, Stokes pulled out of the home series against England and the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Stokes, who led a decimated England side in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, had taken time off to deal with mental health difficulties and was also recovering from a finger injury; he had taken time off to address his mental health issues. “I took a hiatus to focus on my mental health and have my finger fixed. I’m excited to see my teammates and be on the field with them. I’m all set for Australia “,after being named to the Ashes squad, Stokes stated.
He has, however, made himself available for the Ashes, which begin on December 8, and was seen practising at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium. Stokes took part in one of the first full training sessions for the players that arrived early in Australia, with captain Joe Root and established players like Stuart Broad. Jos Butler, Johnny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood are among the players who will travel from Dubai to Australia. The Ashes preparations for England will begin with two friendly games against the England Lions, who are also in Australia.
Despite his poor batsmanship and England’s loss to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night, Eoin Morgan has adamant that he will continue as the limited-overs captain. Morgan had his worst year with the bat in his T20 career in 2021, averaging 17.71 with a strike rate of 118.61 in 39 games for England, Kolkata Knight Riders, Middlesex, and London Spirit. He also made only a limited contribution with the bat in the World Cup, scoring 7 not out, 40, 17, and 4 not out in his four innings.