Ashes 2021: Stokes ‘fit and hungry’ after return from break

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has declared himself โ€œfit and hungryโ€ to start the Ashes series against Australia.

Stokes was a late addition to the squad, having taken a break from cricket to mentally refresh and undergo a second operation on his fractured left index finger.

England captain Joe Root has been intent on not rushing Stokes back into the team but the all-rounder looks to be ready to play in the first test, which starts in Brisbane on December 8.

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โ€œ2 months ago, I couldnโ€™t hold a bat,โ€ Stokes wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. โ€œWith 1 week to go till the first test, Iโ€™m fit and hungry for the big series down under.โ€

Stokes was in the first group of England cricketers who arrived in Brisbane on November 6 ahead of the Ashes.

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