‘It’s fantastic’: Australia reacts with enthusiasm to Ben Stokes’ Ashes inclusion

Former players Shane Warne, Brad Haddin and Brett Lee say the all-rounder will make the series more competitive

Australians know all about the game-changing qualities Ben Stokes possesses – Headingley 2019 remains a raw memory – yet the late inclusion of the destructive all-rounder in England’s Ashes squad has been welcomed on the other side of the world.

Stokes on Monday confirmed what had been suspected for a couple of weeks: he has recovered from a finger injury and, after a break from the game during which he also prioritised his mental health, declared himself “ready for Australia”.

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