Ben Stokes reveals Joe Root's reaction when he told skipper he was back for Ashes

Following the announcement of his return to England’s Test setup, Ben Stokes has opened up on how Joe Root reacted when he told him he was fit and ready for the Ashes.

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

Ben Stokes has revealed the reaction England captain Joe Root gave when the all-rounder told the skipper he was fit enough to return to the England squad for this winter’s Ashes series in Australia.

Stokes has not played a Test match for his nation since March away in India, after the all-rounder was forced to miss this summer home series against Virat Kohli due to both a finger injury, and personal mental wellbeing struggles.

However the 31-year-old announced this morning that he is back to full fitness, and has thus been included in the England squad that departs for Australia this winter.

Joe Root will be more than pleased to have Ben Stokes back for the Ashes.



Speaking in his Mirror Sport column, Stokes revealed how captain Root reacted to the news that he was available for the trip down under.

Stokes said: “I’m buzzing for the Ashes. Just buzzing.

“To be able to confirm to Joe Root that I would be available to join the tour from the start after my second successful surgery on my finger was a great moment.

“Rooty’s reaction when I told him was simply ‘Oh bloody hell, that’s good.’”

The 2019 World Cup hero continued: “He said it was great to hear me sounding so well and that is the truth of it.

“I feel much better about everything from my finger to my mental well-being. I know I can focus once again on playing my best cricket Down Under this winter.”

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Ben Stokes suffered a finger problem over the summer.

The all-rounder went on to discuss the troubles that kept him away from the cricket pitch this summer, as he opened up on the struggles he endured with his finger injury and mental health difficulties.

Talking about his personal struggles, a brave Stokes said: “I probably didn’t realise just how much of an issue the finger was causing me until I got it sorted the second time around.

“But I had also been struggling with bubble life and events off the field. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did, because I wasn’t in a good place and I’m not afraid to admit it.

“I was in a real dark place and having some difficult thoughts. I was always one of those people who wouldn’t talk about how they are feeling and just keep it internal and crack on.

Ben Stokes was absent from the England team over the summer.

“I now realise talking is such a powerful thing and it has completely changed me.

He also added the support of the people around him – including Root – helped him battle through the problems he was faced with: “Talking to my wife, talking to close friends like Rooty, it has really helped as too the professionals I have worked with.”

England will no doubt head down under as the series underdogs this winter, however Stokes revealed that he is up for the difficult test more than ever.

Ben Stokes is revelling the opportunity to play in this winter’s Ashes.


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He commented: “I do realise Australia is one of the toughest places to tour, but also one of the greatest places to tour. It is a special event in cricket and I want to help our team as best I can.

“I know what it is going to be like, especially the crowds, I’ve experienced it before and I say bring it on.”

The first Test between England and Australia will kick off on December 8th, as two old rivals face off at The Gabba in Brisbane.

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