The Ashes: Ben Stokes And Jonny Bairstow May Play As Batters In Hobart, Says Joe Root

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Because of injury, England captain Joe Root believes Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow could play as specialist batsmen in the last Ashes Test.

While bowling early in the fourth Test, Stokes suffered a side strain, while Bairstow was hit on the hand during his first-innings century.

On the final day in Sydney, both batted to help England secure a draw and avert a 5-0 series defeat.

“We’ve got to just see where they’re at,” said Root. “We have to see what their bodies can handle and then assess everyone.

“You certainly can pick Ben just as a bat and similarly Jonny as well – he’s been playing as a batter anyway.”

BBC Sport

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