England captain Root backs squad to “step up” if Stokes misses Ashes
England’s cricket squad has touched down in Perth on Sunday (October 29) ahead of a much-anticipated Ashes series against Australia.
All-rounder Ben Stokes did not travel with the rest of the England squad, having been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
Stokes, 26, has yet to be ruled out of the series following his arrest with England waiting to discover if he will face criminal charges.
The five-Test 2017-18 Ashes Series begins in Brisbane at the Gabba on November 23.