England’s World Cup final hero, Ben Stokes has revealed that being reinstated as England’s Test vice-captain for the Ashes has added to the excitement of participating in cricket’s oldest rivalry. Stokes was stripped of the role in 2017 following a late-night brawl in Bristol.
The all-rounder has impressed with the maturity he has shown in the England camp since being cleared for a charge of affray. Stokes missed the last series against Australia as he was stood down by the England and Wales Cricket Board following events in Bristol.
"I love having that responsibility and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy doing. I take pride in being vice-captain. Being part of that think-tank is pretty cool. I think it (The Ashes) would have been just as exciting anyway. Playing in an Ashes series is always special and they don't come around that often but being named vice-captain again was very good words to hear when I got the call,” Stokes said.
Ashley Giles believes Stokes is highly respected within the team and a natural leader with a great understanding of the game.