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Pretty high on the bucket list Jersey BT Sport team relish Ashes debut
There is less than a month to go before England step out into the cauldron of the Gabba to begin their Ashes defence and with the squad touching down in Australia this weekend, you have to wonder whether now would be a sensible time to fully pen a line through the name of Ben Stokes.

Ever since Stokes was arrested in Bristol at the end of September the England and Wales Cricket Board has kept his Ashes place open. Yes he is currently unavailable for selection on full pay and did not fly out to Perth with his team-mates but Andrew Strauss, the team director, has so far opted against ruling him out completely.
Now had such an incident occurred involving Authentic Dwayne Harris Jersey an Australian player, I don’t think they would be far off from being sacked on the spot. That is not to say England’s preference to instead let the legal side of it play out, before starting their own disciplinary procedure, is not understandable. This is an unprecedented situation after all and a serious test of their leadership.
But let’s be honest: in practical terms, with the tour now under way, it is almost impossible Authentic Dwayne Harris Jersey to picture a scenario in which Stokes joins the squad down the line. I am yet to speak to anyone in the sport that thinks there is a genuine chance of that, or that England could justify it if he did. Police charge or not, when an employee does something that brings their company into disrepute in the business world, there are work repercussions. I don’t see any difference here.
Australia is an incredible country to play your cricket in but a hostile environment, too, so much so that distractions can become amplified. And as it stands, the uncertainty and talk while Stokes technically still has a chance of taking part is exactly that. England could just nip it in the bud now, allowing Joe Root and his players to crack on fully with the job at hand.
It scarcely needs to be said that violence is unacceptable. There can be tragic consequences from just a single punch, something known all too well in Australian cricket circles, sadly. Stokes is a ripping lad – genuinely – but his arrest will cost not just him, but his team as well.
Top-six batsmen who can operate as a true fourth seamer are rare and precious commodities – and let’s not forget the fielder they have lost here also, given their catching in Test cricket has not been too clever of late – so his absence sees England rethinking their strategy completely. I would expect them to select four quicks and move Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali up the order.
Aside from this change of tack the squad selected, on the whole, looks OK to me. Like their opponents, there are genuine world-class players mixed with some unestablished hopefuls which should make for an intriguing contest. That said, the decision to recall James Vince is one that certainly raised an eyebrow.
England have given debuts and extended runs to nine batsmen in the past three years and Vince is the only one not to have made a half-century. Seven caps, a highest score of 42 and an average in the 30s since returning to Hampshire, what exactly have the selectors seen in him? The Womens Dwayne Harris Jersey uncapped Sam Northeast, whom I worked with at Kent last summer, would have been my pick but curiously his name never seems to be out there.


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