Ben Stokes delivers Ashes fitness boost with ‘best chance’ of fulfilling all-rounder duties for England


en Stokes says he has given himself “the best chance” of playing a full role as an all-rounder in this summer’s Ashes series, but refused to confirm whether he is fit to bowl against Ireland this week.

Stokes’s fitness has been a major cause for concern in the build-up to English cricket’s biggest summer since the World Cup-Ashes double-header of 2019.

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