DURHAM all-rounder Ben Stokes has been added to England’s test for the Ashes series after taking a break from the game to prioritise his mental health.

Stokes, 30, has been out of the game since July to take a break away from cricket. He’s also been recovering from a fractured left index finger which the medical staff at the ECB have given him the all clear for.

“I had a break to prioritise my mental wellbeing and I got my finger sorted,” said Stokes.

“I am looking forward to seeing my mates and being on the field with them. I’m ready for Australia.”

The news will be a huge boost to England’s hopes of regaining the Ashes after the 2019 series was retained by Australia after a draw. Stokes will link up with the squad on 4th November ahead of the first test on 8th December at the Gabba.

Managing Director of England Cricket Ashley Giles said: "Following a very successful operation on his finger and several conversations over the last few weeks between Ben and I, our medical staff and his management team, Ben called me to say he was ready to return to cricket and was excited about the prospect of playing a significant role in the Ashes series.

"Time and time again, Ben has demonstrated how important he is to the England team and having him available for the Ashes series is excellent news for all of us and, in particular, Chris (Silverwood), Joe (Root) and the rest of the players.

"Having not played for some time, we will move forward cautiously over the next few weeks to ensure he is fully prepared across all facets of his game.

"Ahead of a very busy period of cricket, we continue to remain mindful of the stresses on all our personnel, and our primary focus continues to be the wellbeing of all of our players and support staff."