(Photo) Buoyed by Stokes’ return, England kick off Ashes prep

Ben Stokes linked up with the England squad for a training session for the first time after his six-month lay off from cricket at the Metrico stadium in the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Stokes joined captain Joe Root and Stuart Broad among others in one of the first full training session for the players who have arrived early in Australia. Stokes was a late addition to the Ashes squad after the all-rounder had taken time off to prioritize his mental health as well as nurse his finger.