Warner is Australia's dangerman, says Stokes

Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft

Smith and Warner received hostile receptions from the English crowd at the World Cup, and though Langer is not expecting Bancroft to get a warm welcome, he believes it is nothing out of the ordinary heading into an Ashes series.

James Pattinson has been inked in for his first match for Australia since February 2016, after head coach Justin Langer told reporters on Tuesday that three fast bowlers are competing for one spot in the visiting team's XI for the Ashes opener against England this week.

Stokes was stripped of the role in 2017 following a late night brawl in Bristol but was restored as Joe Root's deputy ahead of the Ashes, which starts in Birmingham on Thursday.

"Trying to please everyone every minute of every day was something I always tried to do", said Stokes.

If that is the case, it would mean all three players who were banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa previous year would be in Australia's XI. "Both teams are desperate to win, both sets of players are desperate to perform because Ashes series are where you get scrutinised and criticised more, or praised if you do well". "If you go 1-0 down in a series it can be hard to come back from so you want to start very well".

Root has averaged 48 in the 35 innings he has played at number four, but PA understands he informed team management of his preference to bat at first wicket down following last week's victory over Ireland.

Been part of one away and home Ashes series, Stokes will be playing his third Test series against Australia. He is a phenomenal batsman and very unsafe opener. He is a phenomenal batsman and very risky opener, so to tie him down and not let him establish his authority against us would be a really big plus for us for the rest of the series. "We want to let them know we are here to be serious and everyone in the changing room is desperately trying to get that urn back because it's not good them having it". It led to Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, claiming he was like a "little boy" and "soft" when speaking publicly.

Ben Stokes has revealed the pride he felt after being reinstated as England's Test vice-captain. He's captain and all the pressures he has are ginormous. That proved vital as England finally won an Ashes Test at Lord's for the first time in 75 years after some heroics from Andrew Flintoff, who announced his career would be ending after the series.

"I know what the reception is going to be, I think we all do", Langer continued.

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