Rory Burns
Rory Burns (Image Credit: Twitter)

England opening batsman Rory Burns has said that the return of star all-rounder Ben Stokes in the Ashes squad will provide a massive boost to the team in the marquee series.

Fast bowling all-rounder Ben Stokes took a break from cricket to focus on his mental well-being and to recover from a finger injury that he suffered during his Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 stint with Rajasthan Royals. Stokes didn’t make himself available for selection for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and he hasn’t played any cricket since July.

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Breaking News: Ben Stokes Added To England's Ashes 2021/22 Squad
Breaking News: Ben Stokes Added To England’s Ashes 2021/22 Squad

However, even without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, England have performed brilliantly in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 having won 4 out of 5 games to easily make it to the semi-finals of the marquee tournament.

To Get A Bloke Of His Calibre Back Around Our Group Is A Big Lift For Us – Rory Burns

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Twitter)

Opener Rory Burns who is currently completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in the luxury resort on the Gold Coast in Australia said:

It’s obviously a massive boost to get Stokesy back in the side,”

“You know what a good player he is. To get a bloke of his calibre back around our group is a big lift for us.”

It’s exciting because we wanted to get out here and have the best side possible and obviously Ben adds to that,” Burns said.

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The 30-year-old Ben Stokes has said that although he is a senior member of the team but every member of the team is equally important. He elaborated:

Although I know I’m a senior member of that team over the last few years, every member of that team is just as important as each other,”

We’ve got the likes of Jimmy (Anderson), Broady (Stuart Broad) who have obviously been there, done that. Rooty — fantastic leader and England’s greatest-ever batter, so we’ve got everything to come back at Australia with what they’ve got.”

Meanwhile, Team England have travelled to Australia with a backup squad so that they can play a couple of warm-up games with Australia ahead of the Brisbane Test which will begin on December 8.

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Some England Test players including Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are currently part of England’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad and they will travel on to Australia after the tournament.

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