Ben Stokes gets crucial knock under belt in Ashes warm-up match

Ben Stokes scored 42 runs off 56 balls against the England Lions as England prepared for the Ashes next week.

England responded to the 226 for four set by the Lions in Queensland, with Rory Burns claiming 37 alongside Stokes' runs.

Chris Woakes took an early wicket for the Lions as Haseeb Hameed fell for seven, while Dawid Malan and Joe Root also departed for single-figure scores of eight and nine respectively.

England and Australia's preparations for the five-Test series, which begins at the Gabba on December 8, have been undermined by rain.

England's three-day practice match last week was washed out except for 29 overs and the first day of the second warm-up against the Lions was also cancelled without a ball bowled.

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