Ben Stokes wants Jofra Archer ‘fit and ready’ for The Ashes |  Rehan Ahmed a ‘very rare talent’ |  Cricket news

Ben Stokes wants Jofra Archer ‘fit and ready’ for The Ashes | Rehan Ahmed a ‘very rare talent’ | Cricket news

Ben Stokes has welcomed the return of Jofra Archer and hopes to see him fully reinstated next summer for The Ashes series.

A succession of injuries has kept Archer out of competitive cricket since last March, but he played for the England Lions against England in Abu Dhabi this week.

“It was great to see him here when we joined the Lions,” said England Test captain Stokes Sky Sports news.

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Jofra Archer comes back from a long out with an injury

“It’s great to see him running again with the ball in his hand. He’s one of the superstars of the international game and it’s great to see him running again, bowling fast and it’s really good to see him back in to have the group.”

It is currently too early for Archer to return to England, but his return is scheduled for next year.

“I think he’s just really excited to be back. He’s obviously had a long time off with injury and as exciting as it is we have to be careful not to rush him because we don’t want to see Jofra Archer on the sideline for this amount of [time] again,” explained Stokes.

“That’s the plan, hopefully we can have Jofra fit and ready especially for The Ashes. That’s something we’re looking at for Jof and it would be great to have him available for selection for that.”

Rehan Ahmed is an exciting addition to England’s test squad for Pakistan in December. Only 18 years old, he would become the youngest ever man to play a Test for England when he gets his debut next month.

Rehan Ahmed is currently playing with the England Lions in Abu Dhabi PIC CREDIT ECB Images
18-year-old Rehan Ahmed has been called up for the England squad

“We saw him as one of those very rare talents. To have someone stand out as a cricketer at such a young age with the way he bowls and the way he hits. We saw it as a very good opportunity to bring him into the team, bring him around the group, bring him into the environment,” said Stokes.

“He’s a fantastic talent, he likes cricket, he just spends all his time shadowing in his room,” he added. “He absolutely loves it. I’m really excited to have him on the squad, get him around the group and see what he’s got.”

However, Stokes warns that Ahmed should not be scrutinized too much at this stage. He is still in development.

“We’re also fully aware that he’s not the finished project yet. I think it’s important that his recording isn’t looked at too much,” said Stokes.

“We see this as an opportunity to bring someone as talented as Rehan into the squad, nurture him and who knows where we could be in two to three years?

“If we feel like we want to give him a test cap, then we’re able to do that.”

Thursday, December 1, 4:30 a.m

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