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Stokes back for England

Friday, July 04, 2014

LONDON - Stuart Broad has backed Ben Stokes to have as big an impact on the England scene as he did on a Barbados dressing room locker after the young allrounder's recall to a 13-man squad for next week's first Test against India.

Stokes missed England's recent 1-0 home loss to Sri Lanka in a two-Test series after the selectors decided he needed to get more overs under his belt after a freak wrist injury.

That forced the 23-year-old to miss the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and the start of the English season.

However, Stokes has already shown his ability at international level by providing England with rare highlights during their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia when he scored a maiden hundred in his second Test in Perth and took eight wickets in Sydney.

"We know the quality Stokes has got," said England new-ball bowler Broad in London.

England squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

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