The stars of England are put to the test in the last net session before the Ashes starts tomorrow … while Ben Stokes warns about the dangerous man of Australia David Warner
England held their last nets session on Wednesday for the much-anticipated Ashes opener of tomorrow in Edgbaston.
The Wednesday session had a relaxed feeling when Joe Root and his side practiced bowling, batting and fielding for the last time before facing Australia.
The team from England also saw resistance bands use, while Jofra Archer, who almost seems to miss the first test, also took part in the session, despite slight concerns about his condition.
Joe Root & # 39; s England held their last nets session on Wednesday for the Ashes opener
Moeen Ali (left) catches during training, while Chris Woakes prepares to bowl (right)
England are still sweating over their bowling attack with Stuart Broad, also facing the possible omission of Sam Curran that is believed to be preferred in home conditions.
A plus for Root and his side is that James Anderson is completely fit. The fast bowler has participated in the full net session and seems eager to go.
Ben Stokes was also present on Wednesday and warned his teammates about the threat that David Warner poses to their chances of regaining the Ashes.
Warner, former captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft all return to the test arena for the first time since they banned their role in tampering with tampering in South Africa in March – adding steel to Australia's batting.
But it is Warner who, according to Stokes, is Australia's key figure. & # 39; Warner is a player who can take games away from you & # 39 ;, Stokes said Wednesday in The Times.
James Anderson participated in the full session and does not seem to worry about fitness
Jofra Archer, who certainly misses something, also participated despite concerns about fitness
Woakes (L), Ben Stokes (M) and Sam Curran look relaxed during the last net session in England
& # 39; He's a phenomenal batsman and a very dangerous opener, so to tie him up and not let him establish his authority against us would be a big plus for us for the rest of the series.
& # 39; We don't want to give anything away from their batsman. We want to let them know that we are here to be serious and everyone in the dressing room desperately tries to get that urn back. & # 39;
The five-game series starts on Edgbaston on Thursday – a land in England has become a fortress and has not lost a test against Australia since 2001.
The returning trio from Australia gets a loud & # 39; welcome & # 39; of home fans and Stokes said it is vital for England to put maximum pressure on day one visitors.
& # 39; That first morning of every series is when you want to stamp your authority as a team with balls and balls, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; You can't invade any Ashes series – you have to run to the ground.
Stokes warned his teammates about the threat that David Warner poses to their chances
Warner returns to the test arena for the first time since tampering with the ball
& # 39; If you start well, it can flow through the series and you want the team to be at the top and you want to win that first day, because hopefully that can continue in the next four days. & # 39;
Stokes missed the Ashes defeat of 2017-18 Down after his involvement in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol in September 2017, but will be a key figure for England with bat and ball and as vice-captain of Joe Root.
Although he has worked hard to clean up his act and Australia has had a charm offensive after their disciplinary misery, Stokes knows that as soon as the hostilities start on Thursday, the mood can change.
& # 39; They are weird Aussies who want to be nice to you, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Once you are in the middle and cross the white line, the real competitive side of both teams comes to the fore and the Ashes is the largest test series in the world.
& # 39; Something always happens between teams in the Ashes series and I don't think this will be different. Both teams are desperate to win. & # 39;
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