With the Ashes starting in late November, England are still on the edge with the chances of Ben Stokes making it to the squad on time. The all-riunder was involved in a fighting incident in Bristol vack in September. The English Cricket Board (ECB( has suspended him until the investigation is over. With time ticking away, there’s a huge chance that he might miss the whole series altogether. However, English skipper Joe Root insists that his side possesses players apart from Stokes who are capable filling his void.
When aasked aabout Stokes; Root said, “We’ve got to make sure we plan and prepare as a squad and look to approach it as if this is our team going out there for the tour. We will have to sit down and chat about that. It’s something that’s ongoing and over the course of the next few weeks we’ll come to a decision. We don’t really know how long things are going to take and I think we’ve just got to sit tight and wait. He is a fine player but I see a squad of players that’s more than capable of going over there and doing something really special”.
This is Root’s first Ashes as captain & he’s already looking forward to it:
“It’s a point I want to prove. I’m obviously a very different player now to what I was last time we were there and that excites me. That’s a really good incentive for me to get off to a good start personally with my batting, but more importantly set the tone and lead from the front with weight of runs. It’s the pinnacle of Test cricket for an Englishman to go to Australia and have the opportunity to win — I don’t think there’s much more that you need to motivate yourself as a player and a captain”.
Can England beat the Aussies in Australia under the leadership of young Root? Only time will tell.