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Stokes wants Archer 'fit and ready' for Ashes


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England Test captain Ben Stokes wants seamer Jofra Archer to recover soon and join the side ahead of the Ashes next year.

Jofra, who has been away from cricket for a long time due to several injuries is expected to make a comeback as he was seen to play for the England Lions this week against England in Abu Dhabi.

"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,"

"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,"

Test skipper further talked about the 18-year-old Rehan Ahmed, who would become the youngest man ever to play a Test for England if he is given a debut next month.

"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," he added.