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Ben Stokes is hopeful that Archer would return for Ashes, he has high praise for Rehan Ahmed

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Ben Stokes was a happy captain seeing Jofra Archer back in the English setup. Stokes hopes that his ace bowler is fit for the Ashes series next year. He also had high praise for young teen sensation Rehan Ahmed.

Stokes talking about Jofra Archer

“It’s been great to see him out here when we joined up with the Lions,”

England Test captain Stokes told Sky Sports News.

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

“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’ve got to be careful not to rush him back as we don’t want to see Jofra Archer on the sidelines for this amount of [time] again,”

Stokes explained.

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

Ben Stokes also had high praise for new teenage sensation Rehan Ahmed. The 18-year-old is picked for England in tests to play against Pakistan later this month. He calls Rehan a rare talent and backs him to become a game-changer for England in the coming years. 

Stokes talking about Rehan Ahmed 

“We’ve seen him as one of those very rare talents. To have someone at such a young age be so noticeable as a cricketer with the way that he bowls and the way that he bats. We saw it as a very good opportunity to get him into the squad, get him around the group, get him into the environment,”

Stokes said.

“He’s a fantastic talent, he loves cricket, and he just spends all his time shadow-batting in his room,”

he added.

“He absolutely loves it. I’m really excited to have him into the squad, get him around the group, and see what he’s got.”

“We’re also fully aware that he’s not the finished project yet. I think it’s important for his inclusion not be to be looked into too much,”

Stokes said.

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

“If we feel like we want to chuck him a Test cap then we’re in a position to do that as well.”

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