The versatile player Ben Stokes is making a return to international cricket after taking an indefinite break from all forms of cricket in July to prioritize his mental well-being and rest a broken finger. England’s Test captain Joe Root believes expectations are high for him and the team will rely on his experience when England play Australia in the first As a test match in Brisbane from tomorrow. “Yes, there will be an element of managing expectations and you have to trust his experience and our whole bowling team together that we can work together to take those wickets. I’m sure Ben will have a great say in that. It’s something which we will definitely try to get through the whole series, ”captain Joe Root said of Ben Stokes before the first Ashes test.
After a much-needed break, Stokes made himself available and according to Root, he is eager to make a mark as he was in sublime form in the previous Ashes in England and took an emphatic victory from the jaws of the defeat at Leeds in Headingley has.
“We always know that when he comes in that game, he will want to put his stamp on it,” said captain Joe Root.
England’s vice-captain Jos Buttler is also keen to go, as the build-up to this historic series where the two arch-rivals will battle it out is huge.
“Just with the build-up that everyone had, the guys just want to make sure everyone is perfect to go,” said England vice-captain Jos Buttler.
The most successful pacemaker in the history of Test cricket, James Anderson, has been rested for the Brisbane Test as the team management of England does not want to take any chances with his fitness.
Anderson’s record at the Gabba in Brisbane is also not very impressive, as the veteran pacemaker took only 7 wickets in 4 Tests at an average of 75.14.
“Jimmy is not going to play, but he’s fit. Of course it’s a very long series and we want such a guy to be available for as much as possible, so think it’s a bit of a precaution. He did well yesterday bowled and will bowl again today, “said Jos Buttler.
England have a terribly poor record at the Gabba to win only 4 out of 21 Tests and lose 12. Australia were also unbeaten in Test matches at Gabba for 38 years until India achieved a historic victory in the 2020-’21 summer.
“We’re confident, that’s why the guys are here. There’s some fantastic artists. It’s clear that Broad and Anderson have been brilliant performers for a long time and will play a big role in the series. “Even if we take the field, we will be very confident,” said Jos Buttler.
England leveled the series at home in 2019 but could not help Australia maintain it and this time in Australia they have a difficult task on their hands but they can take heart from India’s performance when they beat the mighty Aussies last summer.
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