Ben Stokes has welcomed the return of Jofra Archer and hopes to see him totally recovered for The Ashes sequence subsequent summer season.
A sequence of accidents has stored Archer out of aggressive cricket since final March however he performed for the England Lions this week towards England in Abu Dhabi.
“It’s been great to see him out here when we joined up with the Lions,” England Test captain Stokes instructed Sky Sports News.
“It’s great to see him back running with the ball in his hand. He’s one of the superstars of the international game and it’s great to see him running back in, bowling fast and it’s really good to have him back around the group as well.”
It’s too quickly at this second for Archer to return again to the England facet however his return is being focused for subsequent yr.
“I think he’s just really excited to be back. He’s obviously had a long time off with injury and as exciting as it is we’ve got to be careful not to rush him back as we don’t want to see Jofra Archer on the sidelines for this amount of [time] again,” Stokes defined.
“That’s the plan, hopefully we can have Jofra fit and ready especially for The Ashes. That’s something that we’re looking at for Jof and it would be great to have him available for selection for that.”
An thrilling addition to England’s Test squad for Pakistan in December is Rehan Ahmed. Just 18 years previous, he would turn out to be the youngest man ever to play a Test for England if he’s given a debut subsequent month.
“We’ve seen him as one of those very rare talents. To have someone at such a young age be so noticeable as a cricketer with the way that he bowls and the way that he bats. We saw it as a very good opportunity to get him into the squad, get him around the group, get him into the environment,” Stokes stated.
“He’s a fantastic talent, he loves cricket, he just spends all his time shadow-batting in his room,” he added. “He absolutely loves it. I’m really excited to have him into the squad, get him round the group and see what he’s got.”
Stokes nonetheless warns that Ahmed should not be positioned underneath an excessive amount of scrutiny at this stage. He remains to be creating.
“We’re also fully aware that he’s not the finished project yet. I think it’s important for his inclusion not be to be looked into too much,” Stokes stated.
“We see this as an opportunity to get someone as talented as Rehan into the squad, nurture him and then who knows where we could be in two to three years’ time?
“If we really feel like we wish to chuck him a Test cap then we’re in a place to do this as nicely.”
Third and closing day of England vs England Lions warm-up conflict cancelled
The third and closing day of Stokes and England’s warm-up conflict vs the England Lions in Abu Dhabi was cancelled on Friday.
Instead, England educated for a couple of hours within the nets and with some center apply.
England batted for a day on Wednesday vs the Lions, and bowled for a day on Thursday.