sport news Ben Stokes raises hopes of Ashes return as he posts training video

sport news Ben Stokes raises hopes of Ashes return as he posts training video
sport news Ben Stokes raises hopes of Ashes return as he posts training video
'Great to be back hitting balls': England talisman Ben Stokes raises hopes further of being fit for the Ashes as he bats for the first time in THREE MONTHS... and his last shot was a lot better than his first! Ben Stokes has not played cricket since taking an indefinite break in July The England star is prioritising his mental health but also broke his finger in April After his aborted summer comeback, Stokes reported this week that he was able to grip a bat properly for the first time since April He provided further good news with videos of him hitting balls in the nets  Ashes starts on December 8, with England flying to Australia on November 4 

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England star Ben Stokes has raised hopes that he might be fit for the Ashes after posting videos of himself hitting cricket balls for the first time since July.

Stokes broke his left index finger attempting to catch a lofted drive from Chris Gayle in the IPL in April. He returned less than three months later after surgery to captain a young, Covid-depleted England side in their ODI series win over Pakistan in July, but struggled to bat and could not grip the handle properly.

Stokes announced an indefinite break from the game to protect his mental health shortly after that series finished in late July, with his injured finger also playing a role in the decision.

Ben Stokes lines up a drive

He then executes the straight drive perfectly

Ben Stokes hit a trademark straight drive as he batted for the first time since July

Stokes captained England to an ODI series win over Pakistan in July before taking a break

Stokes captained England to an ODI series win over Pakistan in July before taking a break

The 30-year-old was not named in England's

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