James Anderson confident Ben Stokes will be fit for final Ashes Test

Is all-rounder about to hand England an injury boost ahead of final Test in Australia?

Jimmy Anderson believes England all-rounder Ben Stokes will brush off his injury to play in the final Ashes Test.

England are 3-0 down in the series after the battling draw in Syndney, making the fifth Test little more than a dead rubber.

However, despite that Anderson says Stokes is desperate to play, and he says that speaks volumes about his character - especially after England coach Graham Thorpe described the injury as 'not a great one for an all-rounder.'

"He's already saying that it feels a bit better," Anderson told the Tailenders podcast.

"Even though we're 3-0 down. It would be very easy for him to say 'I've pulled my side, I'll go home and get it sorted'. He's still got his sights on playing that fifth Test.

"It shows what playing for this team means to him."

England do have a few injury concerns ahead of the game and have added Sam Billings to the squad as cover.

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are also caryring knocks and Thorpe does not sound as hopeful as Anderson about their chances.

"We've obviously got some blows," Thorpe said. "It's possible [they will miss the final Test] but we will be assessing all of that at the end of the game.

"Obviously, Sam has been called into the group and that's obviously a good indicator of some of the concerns we have with the injuries.

"But I am sure the lads will take whatever they need to take to get themselves in a position where they are capable of performing on the final day.

"They will all bat and they will all do their very best, I know that."

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