Nasser Hussain names England ‘superman’ to play first Ashes Test vs Australia

Nasser Hussain believes English star Ben Stokes is a “must-pick” for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane next Wednesday, describing the all-rounder as “superhuman”

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain is determined to have star player Ben Stokes play in the first Ashes Test next week.

Stokes was a late addition to England’s Ashes squad after not playing a competitive match since taking a break from the sport to prioritize his mental health and recovery after a finger injury.

England chief executive Ashley Giles said earlier this week he is “hoping” Stokes will play in the first Test, but insisted England will not rush him back until he is ready.

Provided the Stokes are in full form and eager to go, Hussain believes the all-rounder is a “must-pick” for England.







Nasser Hussain believes English star Ben Stokes is a “must-pick” for the first Ashes Test
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Hussain wrote in his column for The Daily Mail, saying: “In an iconic series where you need your toughest characters and the type of cricketer who will stand toe to toe with the Australians, Stokes is a must-pick for Brisbane on Wednesday.

“Just look at the type of players who have had success against Australia. Ian Botham, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff and, let’s not forget, Stokes himself so famous in Headingley in the last ash.

“They never took a step back. So Joe Root will be desperate to have Stokes on his side at Gabba.

“Root wants Jos Buttler on one side of him, and on the other he wants his talismanic figure, the man who will constantly encourage him to take the aggressive opportunity. That man is Stokes.”

Hussain went on to describe Stokes as “superhuman” and supported him in “having a great series”.







Stokes was a late addition to England’s Ashes squad after taking a break from the sport to prioritize his mental health and recovery after a finger injury.
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He added: “If anyone can make a superhuman effort for England and score the weight of first-innings races, it will be crucial if they are to have a platform to win Test matches in Australia – that man is Stokes.

“A score of 300 may be enough to win a test in England with the Duke’s ball, but in Australia with Kookaburra it should be a minimum of 400-450. I would not put it past Stokes to have a fantastic series.”

England’s Ashes campaign kicks off next Wednesday in Brisbane at Gabba, but their preparations have not gone so smoothly due to the bad weather in the city.

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