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Ben Stokes’s return to action has been delayed after the opening day of England’s warm-up match against England Lions in Brisbane was cut short due to rain.
Stokes has been included in England’s Ashes squad after taking an indefinite break from all cricket in July to prioritise his mental well-being and rest a finger, which he had fractured.
A frustrating rain-interrupted day in our first warm-up match between our Ashes and Lions squads 🏴🏏
Rory Burns (39*) & @HaseebHameed97 (53*) took our Ashes squad to 98/0 before rain resulted in an early abandonment to play. pic.twitter.com/BJ93oyx0j9
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 23, 2021
Durham all-rounder Stokes, set to bat at No 5, made his last England appearance in a one-day international against Pakistan in July.
England’s Ashes squad members who were involved in the T20 World Cup have not been included in the warm-up match and will stay in quarantine for one more week.
The first Ashes Test, at the Gabba in Brisbane, starts on 8 December and the fifth and final Test is scheduled for Perth’s Optus Stadium on 14 January.