Trevor Bayliss admits he has written off hopes of having Ben Stokes for Ashes

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Trevor Bayliss has written off hopes of Ben Stokes’s involvement in the Ashes tour leaving the England head coach to draw up contingency plans without the talismanic all-rounder.

Bayliss believes it would be an “absolute bonus” if Stokes is able to join the England squad but has a a back-up plan for the forthcoming series against Australia that would see Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali shunted up the order and a fourth seamer brought in.

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