Bookies slash England’s odds to win the Ashes as Ben Stokes returns to squad

ENGLAND’S odds of winning the Ashes down under have been slashed by the bookies after Ben Stokes’ sensational return to the squad.

The superstar all-rounder has been drafted back into the Ashes squad after taking a break from international duty.

Ben Stokes is ready for the Ashes

Stokes is back in the right frame of mind after prioritising his mental health while also recovering from his injured left-index finger.

His return to the side has seen England’s odds cut from 9/2 to 4/1 to win the tournament with Betfair.

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

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

However Australia are still odds-on favourites at 1/4 to win the Ashes.

Outright Ashes odds – Betfair

Australia 1/4Draw 15/2England 4/1

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England team supremo Ashley Giles added: “Following a very successful operation on his finger and several conversations over the last few weeks between Ben, myself, 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.”

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