Daily Mail UK – Joe Root is confident Ben Stokes can put his troubles behind him and recapture his ‘magnificent’ form for England.
- Joe Root is confident Ben Stokes can put his troubles behind him and recapture his ‘magnificent’ form for England.
- Root, England’s Test captain, is pleased to have Stokes back in harness and told Sky Sports News: ‘I look at Ben now and he’s extremely excited to start playing cricket for England again.
- He’s done some magnificent things for England in the past and I look at what he’s capable of doing in the future.
- ‘That’s the way I’m seeing Ben now, I’m sure he’s got a lot of drive and determination to put in some really strong performances in the future and to almost get back to where he was at the back end of the summer.’
- Stokes missed England’s Ashes defeat to Australia, which itself was dogged by disciplinary issues – batsman Ben Duckett was excluded from England Lions selection after pouring a pint over senior bowler James Anderson, while Jonny Bairstow had to answer for a bizarre headbutt greeting to Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in a bar in Perth.