IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes is conducting a flight to India ahead of the test series. See Pic

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IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes on board a flight to India on Saturday.© Twitter


English all-rounder Ben Stokes took to social media on Saturday to share a photo as he boarded a plane ahead of their upcoming Test series against India. Stokes, who was equipped for the ongoing English Test series in Sri Lanka, is one of the first English players to leave for India, while his other teammates, including skipper Joe Root, are currently playing in Galle in the second Test against Sri Lanka. The four-game test series against India kicks off next month, with the first two games to be played behind closed doors at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday announced a 16-man squad along with six reserve players for the first two Tests against India.

Aside from Stokes, wicket-keeper-batsman Jos Buttler and fast bowler Jofra Archer have also returned to the side when the ECB called out a strong side to challenge India in their own backyard.

Speaking of the inclusion of Stokes and Archer, skipper Joe Root said the duo ‘s return gives their party a big boost in a difficult series against a quality Indian side, high in confidence after a historic series win in Australia.

“You speak to every side in the world, those two guys coming back would give the squad a huge boost and that’s certainly the case for us,” said Root.

“We are delighted to see them in and around the squad again. Hopefully they are full of energy and ready to go when they get here,” he added.

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Stokes was last seen in action for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020 which took place in the UAE between September and November last year. Stokes had missed the first half of the cash-rich league due to his father’s illness, but joined his franchise halfway through and played a few crucial hits, but couldn’t help his team qualify for the playoffs.

(With AFP inputs)

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