Nathan Lyon expects England star Ben Stokes to make this winter’s Ashes

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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon says he expects Ben Stokes to feature in the Ashes, despite the England all-rounder’s ongoing hiatus from competitive cricket.

Stokes took an extended break from the game in July, citing his mental wellbeing and the need to fully recover from a fractured left index finger.

England have made it clear that they will not put any pressure on him to return to action, with head coach Chris Silverwood saying the ball is in Stokes’ court regarding any comeback.

Lyon says he would welcome an appearance by the England all-rounder.
Lyon says he would welcome an appearance by the England all-rounder (Nick Potts/PA)

He was absent from the main Ashes squad and the supporting Lions group but a series of social media posts in recent days have detailed his enthusiastic return to training, raising expectations among fans that he could be preparing to re-enter the fray this winter.

Nathan Lyon expects Ben Stokes to play in Ashes

And Lyon, who was one of the Australia bowlers taken apart by Stokes during his unforgettable match-winning innings at Headingley two years ago, has also been paying attention.

“I’m expecting him to come,” Lyon told Cricket.com.au.

“I hope he is. You want to play against the best players in the world. Stokesy is the best all-rounder in the world. He’s an X-factor, a game changer, andwant to play against these sort of players.”

Lyon also said that Australia would not underestimate England’s batting despite the appearance that they rely heavily on Joe Root.

“They’ve got some very talented batters early in their Test careers,” he said.

“Look at Ollie Pope’s last red-ball game. He got a pretty big double-hundred.

“It’s going to be a different challenge for these guys, coming out to Australia and we want that.

“We want to challenge these guys for long periods of time.”

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