England all-rounder Ben Stokes will make his return from an injured hamstring in Durham Jets opening Vitality T20 Blast match against Yorkshire Vikings at Emerald Headingley on Thursday July 5.

Stokes, who tore his left hamstring in the build-up to the Test match against Pakistan in Leeds at the start of June, will play as a batsman for the Jets and not bowl in the match against Yorkshire. If he gets through the game without any issues, he will be available for selection for England’s third Vitality IT20 against India at The Brightside Ground, Bristol on Sunday July 8.

Stokes has been training with England since the latter part of the Royal London ODI series against Australia and will rejoin his county early next week leading into the start of Vitality Blast competition.