A five-match Test series is to be played between England and Australia from December 8.
English all-rounder player Ben Stokes is unlikely to feature in the Ashes series to be held in Australia later in the year. It is believed that Stokes could potentially return to international cricket during England’s tour of the West Indies early next year.Also Read – Being at number five doesn’t matter as the performance of the second leg will be more important: Tabrez Shamsi
Stokes withdrew ahead of the Test series against India in August-September citing mental health and recovery from a finger injury. Stokes has not been included in the England squad for the T20 World Cup. He hasn’t played any kind of cricket since July. Also Read – Australian captain Tim Paine excited to return to Ashes after neck surgery
According to a report in The Telegraph, ‘Stokes is understood to have spoken to Test captain Joe Root recently. Stokes has made progress but England know they will face a huge challenge to make a comeback during the Ashes tour. The players face a long quarantine and are unsure whether they will be able to take their families along. Also Read – IPL 2021: England’s ‘trio’ will not play for Rajasthan Royals, Kumar Sangakkara is worried
The report also said that England players will be informed by the end of this month on various conditions, especially the quarantine and bio-bubble protocols for the Ashes.
Players will then be able to choose whether they want to go to Australia or not. England’s squad is expected to be announced early next month, with players potentially making themselves available for only three out of five Tests.