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Ben Stokes surprised by England call-up

Ben Stokes admits his surprise after being called up to the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.

Ben Stokes has admitted his surprise after receiving a call-up to the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.

The uncapped all-rounder, who recently won the County Championship with Durham, was named in the 16-man party on Monday.

"It's pretty special," Stokes told the England and Wales Cricket Board's official website. "It's the first time I've won the Championship and my first time as part of an Ashes team and they've both happened together.

"It's been a hectic week for myself, and for everyone involved with Durham, but it's been absolutely fantastic. Three or four weeks ago it was something I wasn't even thinking of.

"Geoff Miller rang me on Sunday morning and, to be honest, I'm pretty shocked and surprised that I was in the squad."

The first Ashes Test between England and Australia gets underway in Brisbane on November 21.

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Tim Bresnan of England poses with the urn in the dressing room after winning the Ashes during day five of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Kia Oval on August 25, 2013
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