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Ashes 2021: Joe Root given special praise as Ben Stokes not included in squad


England head coach Chris Silverwood credits the “class and empathy” of Joe Root’s leadership for ensuring he was able to select the strongest possible squad for this winter’s Ashes tour. There was also the predictable disappointment of Ben Stokes’ ongoing hiatus – he remains on an indefinite break from competitive cricket while he prioritises his mental health and recovery from a finger injury.

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