Giles: All-rounder Stokes in Ashes frame

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England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles feels all-rounder Ben Stokes did enough in the one-day series against Australia to put himself in the frame for the Ashes in the Antipodes later this year.

England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles feels all-rounder Ben Stokes did enough in the one-day series against Australia to put himself in the frame for the Ashes in the Antipodes later this year.

Stokes was England's highest wicket-taker in the series, taking six wickets in three innings, including a five-fer in the final game. He was the pick of the inexperienced attack, and also contributed with the bat down the order.

Giles said: "Ben is someone who has been on the radar for a couple of years and people are starting to talk about him, I think he's a really exciting cricketer and there's a lot more to come from him with bat and ball.

"Already, possibly, he's one of the best fielders in the world – I know that's a big call – he's a terrific athlete so those all-round skills put him in an elite market. When you can do those sorts of things you will be talked about across all forms of the game.

"We just need to be careful that we aren't pushing them too hard, it still takes time and the experience of playing. But, so far, so good on the report card. We did ask a lot of him as third seamer, we know that.

"But some of the stuff we've seen this summer, even with red ball, has taken us down that path. He reverses it both ways, he bowls with pace, he bounced out Wade, he's aggressive. We don't make those big decisions without some evidence and it's there that he's made great leaps.

"His batting is extremely dangerous, as he showed on occasions, but there's a lot more to come there. The guy is a genuine allrounder, across the aspects of the game and quite possibly across all three forms.

"It's very important we look after these guys and try to nurture them, they are our greatest assets and we'd be silly to take our eyes off the ball."

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