Stokes' absence chance for youngsters, says Root
London, Oct 28 - England Test captain Joe Root said on Saturday that the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes from the upcoming Ashes tour will be an opportunity for other young players to prove their mettle and cement a place in the side.
Stokes, who got into a brawl outside a bar will not travel to Australia with the police case still open and internal disciplinary procedures on hold for now.
"I think we've got to plan as if he's not going to be there for the whole series," Espncricinfo quoted the 26-year-old as saying.
"Ben offers a lot to the team but, as I said, it's an opportunity for other guys to stand up. In difficult situations, a lot of the time, people do surprise themselves and surprise you and are capable of more than what they might even think themselves," Root added.