Ashes doubts rise over England megastar

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Star all-rounder Ben Stokes remains successful uncertainty for this summer's Ashes series, amidst expectations helium volition miss the upcoming T20 World Cup successful October and November.

Stokes announced successful July that helium would instrumentality an "indefinite" interruption from cricket to negociate his intelligence health, and to afloat retrieve from a breached digit helium sustained astatine the Indian Premier League.

England's 15-man squad for the World Cup volition beryllium named aboriginal this week, but they person until aboriginal October to marque immoderate changes.

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"We are going to permission that 1 late, to springiness it our champion chance," manager Chris Silverwood said.

"Whatever enactment Ben needs helium volition get from us.

"I haven't spoken to him arsenic yet. I privation to springiness him arsenic overmuch abstraction arsenic possible. There are radical talking to him extracurricular of maine but it is thing we volition beryllium revisiting shortly. I volition not beryllium putting unit connected him oregon rushing him."

England's opening lucifer of the World Cup is against West Indies connected October 23. There's little than a period betwixt the extremity of the World Cup and the commencement of the Ashes connected December 8.

Stokes made his Test debut successful Australian successful 2013-14, but hasn't played a Test successful Australia since that series, having missed the 2017-18 circuit aft being arrested extracurricular a nightclub successful September 2017. He was charged with affray but aboriginal acquitted.

Australia's strict quarantine rules would look to marque it little apt Stokes would question present for the Ashes.

England superstar Ben Stokes opens his shoulders successful his astonishing innings against West Indies. (Getty)

Former skipper Michael Vaughan said precocious that helium would beryllium "amazed" if England sent a full-strength broadside to Australia, portion the ECB's Ashley Giles said successful July that 'bubble-fatigue' was a large origin successful Stokes' determination to instrumentality a break.

"The demands connected our athletes to hole and play elite athletics are relentless successful a emblematic environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this," helium said.

"Spending important amounts of clip distant from family, with minimal freedoms, is highly challenging. The cumulative effect of operating astir continuously successful these environments implicit the past 16 months has had a large interaction connected everyone's wellbeing."

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