Joe Root fires Ben Stokes warning to Australia ahead of second Ashes Test

England captain Joe Root has warned Australia to "write Ben Stokes off at your own peril" ahead of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Stokes made his return to international cricket after a five-month break in the first Test at the Gabba, but his lack of game-time was clear to see.

The all-rounder made scores of 5 and 14 with the bat and returned figures of 0-65 from his 12 overs with the ball, having struggled with a knee problem.

Despite a lacklustre return to cricket, Root has backed Stokes to be a difference maker during the remaining four Tests.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Root said: "I'm pretty sure he'll be fit for Adelaide and one thing, you write Ben Stokes off at your own peril.

"He'd be desperate to get back into this series and have a big say in how it all turns out."

Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott believes too much was expected from Stokes on his return, saying he "can't bat and bowl for everyone".

In his latest column for the Telegraph, Boycott said: "Ben Stokes needed to play more cricket. All the hype that he’s back and what he brings to the dressing room is b*******.

"He is not a messiah. He can’t bat and bowl for everyone. My experience tells me when you are out in the middle, batting or bowling, each player has to do his own thing.

"You are on your own with decisions to make about where to bowl or what shot to play.

"Ben hasn’t played for five months, had a finger operation and rain ruined his practice. Then his first knock was on a testing pitch against, in my view, the two best seam bowlers in the world – Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

"That would be tough for any batsman in good form. Too many players expected some magic from our talismanic all-rounder.

"His second-innings dismissal showed his lack of cricket as he got in a tangle with a bit of bounce. In good nick there is every chance he would have played it differently."

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