Following a terrific season of Test cricket, England are all set to host their arch-rivals, Australia for a five-match Test series, starting June 16 at Edgbaston. Notably, the last time England won the prestigious Ashes was in 2015 in their own backyard and thus, would be gunning to finally bring the urn back home.
“I could have picked a 20-member squad if I really wanted to. I have already said that with our bowling group, I have asked our medical team to give us the best opportunity to have eight bowlers to select from every game. I think this year’s Ashes in particular is sort of close together compared to other games.
“Being able to have those resources available in every game is something I’m really keen to have, in terms of you know, could pick a 20-man squad because that’s how fortunate we are at the moment to be able to pick from this group of English players who are so good at the moment. But I think I know where the starting XI will be, there or thereabouts,” Stokes said while speaking to Sky Sports.
Hopefully, Jonny Bairstow is using the time well to get himself fit: Stokes
“He had a horrific injury what he sustained. For a guy, who was at the high of his game and towards the end of the summer for that to happen to him was incredibly unfortunate and we have quite a long time before we go. Hopefully, he is using the time well to get himself fit,” Stokes added.