Ben Stokes arrives in Christchurch to hostile Australian media reception

Australia’s key media outlets have not shied away from criticism of England’s ‘bad boy’, calling the handling of the assault allegations an ‘unmitigated disaster’

Australian papers have piled into Ben Stokes as he arrives closer to – if not actually on – their shores.

The England allrounder has flown to Christchurch in New Zealand to play with local club Canterbury, some 3,000km east of his team-mates who are preparing for the second Test in Adelaide. “Bad boy flies in,” was the headline on the front of the broadsheet Australian, echoed in the Herald Sun and other News Corp stablemates. As he landed, the front of the Adelaide Advertiser’s website said: “English cricket’s bad boy touches down in NZ.”

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