England’s Ben Stokes insists he’s ‘on course to bowl’ in first Ashes Test

  • Captain ‘happy’ with fitness despite not bowling against Ireland
  • ‘Very impressed’: Stokes hails Josh Tongue after fine showing

A week ago, Ben Stokes had never met Josh Tongue. But as the England captain heads into the Ashes series with questions over his own fitness, he fancies an additional fast bowler has been found to augment his attack.

Tongue was already in the 16-man squad for the first two Tests against Australia before completing a maiden five-wicket haul on debut at Lord’s, with England, a team in a hurry, naming the group at lunch on the third and final day against Ireland.

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