Joe Root has sent a message to fellow teammate Ben Stokes, after England’s World Cup hero announced he would be returning to his nation’s Test Match setup for this year’s Ashes.
Stokes had been absent from the England Test setup since March, as the all-rounder missed this summer’s home series against India due to a finger injury, whilst also taking a break from the sport ‘indefinitely’ to ‘protect his mental wellbeing’.
However, it seems the 31-year-old has now recovered both physically and mentally, as his return to the England fold was announced this morning after Stokes was added to the squad that will head down under for the Ashes.
And, it seems no one is more pleased than England skipper Root as the Yorkshireman took to Twitter to welcome his teammate and ‘friend’ back into the team.
Root tweeted: “One of the greats as a cricketer and an even better bloke. Welcome back my friend”
England no doubt head to Australia this summer as the underdogs, however the inclusion of Stokes adds some much needed experience and quality, with many regarding the 2019 World Cup hero as the best all-rounder in the world.
Stokes’ most memorable moment in an England Test shirt came against the Australian’s the last time the two arch-rivals faced off in dispute of the famous urn, in the third Test at Headingley in 2019.
The 31-year-old found himself in the near-impossible position of somehow steering England to victory on day four in Leeds, needing 73 to win with just one wicket remaining.
However Stokes went on to put in a performance for the ages, as the all-rounder smashed 74 off just 44 balls - with number 11 Jack Leach at the other end - to secure England the most unlikely of victories.
The Englishman wrote himself into Test Cricket folklore following his Headingley heroics, and the Durham all-rounder’s influence and ability could prove pivotal in another underdog victory this time around.
Speaking ahead of his return Stokes revealed he is ‘ready’ for the Australians: “I had a break to prioritise my mental wellbeing and I got my finger sorted.
"I am looking forward to seeing my mates and being on the field with them. I'm ready for Australia."Read More Read More