Joe Root details Ben Stokes’ first-Test prospects England star begins training

England captain Joe Root has said Ben Stokes ' preparation for the Ashes "looks very promising", after the squad began training in Australia for the first time.

The members of England's squad who have not been involved in their T20 World Cup campaign are already in Australia and have emerged from three days hard quarantine to start light training.

Stokes is back involved with England for the first time since July, having been added to the squad after taking a break to prioritise his mental wellbeing and recovery from a finger injury.

The all-rounder only returned to full training two weeks ago and was only able to hold a bat properly for the first time in six months four weeks ago.

However, Root is confident that Stokes is on-track to play in the first Ashes Test, which is due to begin on December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Root said: "Ben has been fully involved in training the last couple of days. It has been very light, we are just trying to acclimatise as best we can.

"He's had a bat, a bowl, taken some catches, doing his fielding work slightly separately. It looks like he's on track and it's really exciting.

"It's managing that excitement and making sure we don't push him too hard so he's ready for the first game.

"It's been remarkable to see how far he's come. It looks very promising. He's been brilliant.

"We've seen him at training, having him back amongst things is always great, so it's really nice to have him back involved."

With England's head coach Chris Silverwood currently in the UAE following their T20 World Cup elimination, assistant coach Graham Thorpe is leading their Ashes preparation.

Thorpe is working alongside bowling coach Jon Lewis and fielding coach Carl Hopkinson, as well as consultant coaches Bruce French, Jonathan Trott, Min Patel and Ant Botha.

Silverwood and coaches Paul Collingwood, Jeetan Patel and James Foster will join up with the squad in Brisbane.

England's players are in the middle of a 14-day quarantine period, but have been granted an exemption to train at the Metricon Stadium in Queensland.

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