Ben Stokes confident ahead of first Ashes Test

Ben Stokes admits he's “fit and hungry” ahead of first Ashes Test against Australia.

After taking a break from England to focus on mental health, as well as having to recover from a fractured finger injury, the all-rounder was not named in the original squad for the series. However, Ben Stokes was later added to the group in October

Although Stokes endured a forearm injury a few days ago, he has continued his preparations for the first test in Brisbane. Joe Root later stated that Stokes "seems to have come through it pretty well."

A post on Stokes' official Instagram account on Wednesday showed him doing some work with bat and ball.

And in an accompanying message, he said: "Don't call it a comeback. Spent some time testing out the finger with @adidasLondon last month.

"Two months ago, I couldn't hold a bat. With one week to go till the first test, I'm fit and hungry for a big series down under!"