Australian star batsman Steve Smith had revealed that the return of Ben Stokes to the English squad will make them more dangerous and hailed him for taking the break. Stokes had taken an indefinite mental break for a long time now — and also to heal his injured finger. He missed out on the T20 World Cup squad for England and was expected to miss the all-important Ashes at the end of the year as well.
However, he recently announced that he will be available for the Ashes and was added to the England squad immediately. Stokes is considered to be one of the best all-rounders going around in the world and his addition will be a big bonus to the side in terms of batting and bowling.
Steve Smith Reckons Ben Stokes Will Make England Side Dangerous
Steve Smith noted that he is excited to be playing against one of the best players in the world and reckoned that adding Stokes to any side will make it dangerous. He added that the Ashes will be really competitive this time around.
“We love coming up against the best players and it’s great to hear he is going to be getting on the plane.
“I think any team is more dangerous when you have got someone like Ben Stokes playing, it adds a lot to their depth. it should make for a really good series,” Steve Smith told Australian reporters in UAE
Steve Smith Credited Ben Stokes For Making The Decision
Steve Smith lauded Ben Stokes for being able to make a tough decision to step away from the game for a while and credited the England and Wales cricket, board for accepting Stokes’ decision to stay away from the game for a while.
“Credit to Ben for being able to make that decision and to step away and make sure he is right to be able to go out and live his life”
“There’s more out there sometimes than just the game of cricket for him to be able to make that decision to step away and the acceptance from the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and everyone involved I think is really important.” He added
The Ashes Test series starts on the 8th of December and is likely to end by the 18th of January.