‘I wish Stokesy wasn’t coming’: Ben Stokes’ return to ‘challenge’ Aussies’ Ashes campaign

Former Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke says the return of England’s Ben Stokes to The Ashes fold now poses a real challenge for the Aussies to retain the Urn.

"I hate to say it but … this guy is that good I think now we’re up for a real challenge," Mr Clarke told Sky News Australia.

"On one hand I wish Stokesy wasn’t coming but as a fan of the game it’s so exciting.

"To have the likes of Ben Stokes now on that airplane will be great for the fans and I think the Australian team will want that as well – they’ll want to beat England at their best."

Mr Clarke said he still believes Australia are the favourites to win – but cautions the challenge Ben Stokes poses to the team.