Thursday, 9 December 2021

Absent Ben Stokes sends England good luck video message


LONDON: The all-rounder was not called up for the first five-day clash because he was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in September and police are currently investigating the issue.

Stokes was held overnight during the ODI series with West Indies.

And he could be set to miss the whole tour if the police investigation drags through until January.

The ECB have stated that they will not call-up the 26-year-old, however, their stance could change if the allegations are cleared.

Meanwhile, he has took to Twitter this evening to wish the players and fans all the best Down Under.

Stokes said: “With the Ashes starting very soon I want to get a message out to the lads in Australia.

“I’d like to wish them all the best for the first Test match and all the coaches and the backroom staff as well.

“I know how much preparation has gone into making sure everyone is right and ready to go.

“I would like to wish all the fans, who have made the long travels out to Australia, all the best as well.

“Hopefully we can get a good result in the first test match.

“I’ll be sat at home watching and following the lads and hoping they do really well.”

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