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Ben Stokes (left) also went on to question if indeed Matthew Hayden was a cricket pundit Getty Images (File Photo)

The opening Test of the 2017-18 Ashes gets underway from Thursday at The Gabba. The traditional pre-series banter between the players, however, does not seem to stop. Matthew Hayden had recently pointed out that he could hardly recognise half of the members of the touring England side. In response, Ben Stokes commented that only a couple of the players in the side have not played international cricket. Stokes also went on to question if Hayden can indeed be called a cricket pundit. Stokes will probably miss The Ashes owing to his alleged involvement in a street brawl case in Bristol. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs England, Ashes 2017-18, 1st Test at Brisbane

What Hayden said

“The Poms are a rabble. I look down half of the list and I honestly don’t even know who half of these guys are. What England have got is some extremely experienced fast bowlers in Stuart Broad and James Anderson. You have two particularly good batsmen as well in Alastair Cook and Joe Root. Apart from that – you throw a blanket over those four – who are they? If I was the captain I’d be saying to Mitchell Starc that when those four English players are there, you are just there to break them. Whatever it takes, break them, especially at the Gabba,” said Hayden, as reported by

What Stokes said

“Hayden says he doesn’t know who half our squad is….only 2 from the squad haven’t played at International level…..he’s a cricket pundit yeah??” questioned Stokes.