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England get Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad boost ahead of Ashes

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is “on track” to play in the Ashes opener at Brisbane on the 8th of December and seamer Stuart Broad is working to be ready for the first Test, skipper Joe Root has revealed.

Stokesy was a late addition to the squad after recovering from finger surgery and returning from the indefinite break from cricket he had taken to prioritise his mental health.

That news was a massive boost to the Three Lions’ hopes of regaining the Ashes given the 30-year-old’s recent record against the Aussies.

The England and Durham all-rounder is part of the group already out in Australia preparing for the greatest contest in cricket, with the players involved in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup set to join them soon.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Root provided an update on how the first few days of their preparations had been and made an encouraging claim about Stokesy.

He said: “It looks like he’s on track and it’s really exciting.

“I really hope so. It’s been remarkable to see how far he’s come. It looks very promising.

“Ben has been fully involved in training the last couple of days. We’ve seen him at training, having him back amongst things is always great, so it’s really nice to have him back involved.

“It has been very light, we are just trying to acclimatise as best we can. He’s had a bat, a bowl, taken some catches, doing his fielding work slightly separately.”

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Broady is another player that has terrorised the Aussies in the past but has been sidelined since August with a calf injury.

It seems he should be available for the first Test at the Gabba, which is another huge boost for the Three Lions and will leave David Warner quaking in his boots.

“He bowled today in the nets again,” said Root. “Very light workloads at the minute, but it’s good to see him back in and around things, and being able to get into it.

“He’s getting those workloads back up again. With all the bowlers really it’s making sure that they are absolutely ready to go for that first Test match. We’ve got all options on the table.”