Ben Stokes comeback before the first Test of the ashes series will be delayed further after day 1 of an internal trial game between England teams was called off due to rain.
Ben Stokes has already arrived in Brisbane on November 6 to serve a 14-day quarantine at a luxury Gold Coast resort with the first group of the England squad. The remainder of the squad, including Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler, arrived following a semifinal exit at the recently-concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Stokes headed Brisbane’s Redlands Cricket Club on Tuesday to play for England for the first time since
July in a three-day tour match against the second-string Lions squad. However, unfortunately, he did not get a chance.
Stokes consumed the lunch break practicing his bowling. Notably, Stokes was included in England’s squad last month after recovering from a finger injury and taking time away to prioritize his mental health.
England captain Joe Root and veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad were included in the team along with Stokes, and were preparing to bat in the three-day game before rain forced the covers on.
The three-day game in the Redlands is the first of two warm-up games for England ahead of the five-Test ASHES series against Australia, which starts Dec. 8 at the Gabba.
Australia retains the Ashes, having beaten England in Australia in 2017-18 and retaining the same when the 2019 series in England was drawn. The Australians were victorious in the T20 World Cup in Dubai but have had limited preparation for long-form cricket and are uncertain over who will lead the Test side.