Ben Stokes has started hitting the balls as England has described his mood as “energy and enthusiasm”.
the all-rounder posted a video social media Among them, batting against an underarm throw from England physio Craig de Weimarn.
He joked that he initially struggled to find the middle of the bat, but then wrote: “Great to hit the balls.”
Stokes has made rapid progress since the second operation on his left index finger last Monday.
After the successful surgery, it was expected that the 30-year-old would be out of the Ashes due to the long rehabilitation period.
However, he raised England’s hopes when he revealed that he may be holding the bat for the first time since April on social media a few days ago.
During the summer his pain was almost over and England say his morale is on the rise.
Stokes took an indefinite break from cricket during the summer to prioritize his mental health and tried to fix his finger for the first time while playing in the IPL in April.
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It is a long shot that he will take part in the Ashes but the chances are rising.
ECB performance director Mo Bobat said: “It is extremely positive that Ben has started hitting the balls.
“It is pleasant that we have seen in our communication with him that he has energy and enthusiasm and is counting on his finger again.
“Given what he has experienced, it is important that we move at the right pace. Certainly there is no pressure and expectation on us. He can progress at any rate he wants.
“Ben is like most of us – if there’s something you love to do and feel like you’re good at, it’s hard to take it for granted when you’re not able to do it.
“The most recent medical procedure and removal of scar tissue has helped.”