Last Update on: October 25th, 2021 at 04:42 pm
Former England captain Nasser Hussain hailed the return of all-rounder, Ben Stokes, as great news for the English squad. Stokes was added to the England squad for the upcoming Ashes tour this December.
The all-rounder had taken an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental well-being. He was excluded from the T20 World Cup and the initial Ashes squad but has been confirmed to be a part of the team, as per the latest release from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“It is obviously great news for England as Ben Stokes is virtually irreplaceable in any format. He’s one of the great all-rounders in world cricket at the moment. But more importantly, it’s great news for Stokes, both physically and mentally,” Hussain said on Sky Sports News.
“With the bowling, they’ll have to ease him back in” – Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain further added that England will have to take their time with Ben Stokes, especially regarding his bowling. As for Stokes’ batting, he can slot right back in, according to Hussain.
“It is absolutely great news that England has got their talismanic cricketer back in the side. I think with the bowling, they will need to ease him back in gently.
“But with the batting, as long as that finger is fine, he will be able to go straight back in. I think where he might need looking after mentally is when he has to go back into that quarantine situation and back into a bubble,” Hussain said.
England will tour Australia for the Ashes 2021-22, which begins on December 8 at the Gabba, following which they will move to Adelaide for the second Test.