Stokes winning fitness race


All-rounder Ben Stokes will probably be available for England's tour of South Africa later this year, despite injuring his collarbone while fielding against Pakistan recently.

Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Steven Finn, meanwhile, will likely be excluded. Wood has been sidelined by an ankle injury and Finn is nursing a painful left foot.

Zimbabwe-born batsman Gary Ballance is in line for a recall, while all-rounders Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan are strongly in contention.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow should be retained.

South Africa and England will meet for four Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is. The first Test will get underway at Kingsmead in Durban on 26 December.