Ashes 2017/18: Australia Not Worried by the Inclusion of Ben Stokes - Mitchell Starc
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Mitchell Starc of Australia gets the wicket of Mark Stoneman of England LBW during day two of the Second Test match during the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 3, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Ashes 2017/18: Australia Not Worried by the Inclusion of Ben Stokes – Mitchell Starc: English all-rounder Ben Stokes made a stunning return to the England One Day International squad for the Australia series.

Stokes was serving a ban placed by the England Cricket Board on him, after a video of the player punching a man on the street went viral. The video raised many questions about the player’s code of conduct and got followed by a suspension.

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Starc has been on the role with the ball. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Speculations were right of Stokes making a return after the English team suffered losses in both of the first two Ashes Test. The lack of partnerships in the English batting line-up is a major concern of the team, and Ben Stokes will provide the missing solidity. Stokes’ brilliant all-round ability will be a plus for the English team when they meet the Kangaroos in the coloured jersey.

However, fiery Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc thinks there is not much to worry about Ben Stokes. Starc insisted the Australians are mainly focusing on winning matches and they are pulling them off pretty well. According to the left-arm bowler, the hype about Stokes making a dramatic return won’t affect his team anyway.

Also read: (Mitchell Starc Warns that the England Tail Will be Attacked All Through the Series)

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Starc had a brilliant outing at the Adelaide Oval, as he finished the Test with eight wickets to his name. The lethal pacer took three wickets in the first innings which saw England getting restricted to a low total.

However, the highlight of the bowler came in the second innings where he tore apart the three Lions with a mesmerising five-wicket haul bundling them out for just 233.

Jonny Bairstow's Dismissal
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 06: Jonny Bairstow of England looks dejected as Usman Khawaja, Cameron Bancroft and Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrate his wicket giving them victory during day five of the Second Test match during the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2017, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

While Stokes made his return to England, it was Mitchell Marsh who made his comeback for the Aussies. Both the teams brought back an all-rounder in their line-up, and it is tough to decide the most surprising one. However, Marsh’s inclusion over Glenn Maxwell has raised a lot of questions.

Also read: (Ashes 2017/18: Trevor Bayliss Prepared for Circus after Ben Stokes’ Inclusion in ODI squad)

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Marsh decided to focus on his batting before being able to bowl again with full strength. Photo Credit: AP.


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