VIDEO: Stokes could be preparing for late Ashes call up
Does Ben Stokes's net session tell us he's heading to Australia?
After England's third ODI against the West Indies in September, Ben Stokes was involved in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub. He and teammate Alex Hales were suspended for the rest of the series as a result, and Stokes missed out on the Ashes tour two months later.
A video of the incident emerged, in which Stokes and Hales were depicted. Although Hales has been cleared of any wrongdoing, Stokes is still under investigation.
The Telegraph report that Stokes's fate could be decided very soon.
Now, Stokes has taken to Instagram to give an insight into his bowling and batting sessions.
If he does make the trip to Australia it is likely that he would slot straight into the side in the number six position. With the Gabba Test just days away, Stokes would be targeting the second Test at Adelaide.
Without Stokes, his England teammates will miss a very important part of the team. Batting in the top six and with the ability to produce destructive hundreds, he is also a frontline bowler for the team.With the ball he can profit from reverse-swing from an older ball and act as a partnership breaker, providing balance to the England attack.
Australia are said to be prepared for the potential arrival of the Durham all-rounder. The Mirror report that Australia coach has planned for all possibilities, but that their immediate focus is on Wednesday's Brisbane Test.
Stokes made his England Test debut on the ill-fated 2013-14 Ashes tour. He made his first hundred in the third Test at Perth, and took figures of 6-99 in the final Test at Sydney. He was the only silver lining in the 5-0 defeat.
Stokes' career has been marred by controversy throughout. In 2012, he was sent home from an England Lions tour after ignoring a team curfew, and was ruled out of the 2014 T20 world cup after punching a locker.