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Ben Stokes’ fitness uncertainty forces Joe Root into late selection dilemma

Root ‘needs to know more’ before first Test against PakistanAll-rounder played batsman-only role against West IndiesJoe Root will wait on a late fitness test for Ben Stokes before deciding on the make-up of his England XI for the series opener against …

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Stuart Broad says he considered England retirement after being dropped

Bowler was recalled and played key role in West Indies series‘I was really low. I didn’t sleep for two days. I was nowhere’Stuart Broad has revealed he was “so down” after being dropped for the first Test against West Indies that he considered retiring…

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England’s superhero Ben Stokes gives ultimate escapism in our time of need | Barney Ronay

Cricket’s obsession with the all-rounder can be jarring but he inspires a special fuzzy feeling while anxiety in real life reignsBefore starting I’d just like to say I respect and cherish Ben Stokes. I venerate Ben Stokes. I revere him to the correct d…

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England coach Silverwood vows to help Ben Stokes fly high in world rankings

Stokes No 1 all-rounder and No 3 batsman after Smith and KohliChris Silverwood says 29-year-old is on ‘the crest of a wave’ Ben Stokes has risen to the top of the Test all-rounder rankings and sits third behind Steve Smith and Virat Kohli among the out…

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Joe Root praises ‘Mr Incredible’ Ben Stokes after England win – video

There was high praise from Joe Root for Ben Stokes after a superb performance from the man the captain referred to ‘Mr Incredible’ saw England clinch the second Test against West Indies. Stokes hit 254 runs in the match, as well as taking three wickets…

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Joe Root hails ‘Mr Incredible’ Ben Stokes after all-round display in England win

Captain says ‘we are in the presence of greatness’ after victoryStokes hit 254 runs in the match as well as taking three wicketsJoe Root said his players are “in the presence of greatness” and watching “Mr Incredible” at work following the all-round ma…

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Stokes and Broad lead England to series-levelling win against West Indies

Second Test D5: England 469-9d & 129-3d; West Indies 287 & 198England secure victory by 113 runs in final session of fifth dayThe destination of the Wisden Trophy remains unknown after England’s 113-run victory at Emirates Old Trafford. For the…

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Ben Stokes is still evolving and can lord it over even Ian Botham | Vic Marks

England all-rounder showed such discipline in compiling his 176 at Old Trafford and that willingness to learn and improve means he can scale yet more heights for his country Many more innings like the one he scored here on Friday and there must be a pe…

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Ben Stokes says England players must give Jofra Archer their full support

Stokes: ‘The worst thing we could do is say see you in five days’Archer could face further sanction for breaching Covid-19 rulesBen Stokes insists now is the time for England’s players to throw their support behind Jofra Archer as the fast bowler spend…

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‘Good luck Joe’: Stokes welcomes back Root after sleepless night during West Indies defeat – video

Ben Stokes said he now understands why Joe Root struggles to sleep during Test matches, but insisted there were no regrets over the two big calls he made at the start of England’s four-wicket defeat to West Indies. ‘Joe is one of the bes…

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Stokes says he understands Root’s sleepless nights after loss to West Indies

Stokes stands by his calls to omit Stuart Broad and bat firstJason Holder says lack of crowd helped tourists’ run chaseBen Stokes said he now understands why Joe Root struggles to sleep during Test matches, but insisted there were no regrets over the t…

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England-West Indies box set saves the best drama for thrilling finale | Ali Martin

Jason Holder comes out on top in battle of the box-office captain all-rounders in a Test where the absence of a crowd did not diminish the excitementIt has been a remarkable and at times emotional week in the bubble, one that – after a four?month wait …

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Holder’s dismissal of Stokes sparked West Indies’ special day, says Simmons

West Indies coach tells players to ‘bat normally’ to earn winZak Crawley hopes the pitch will spin on day fivePhil Simmons credited Jason Holder for sparking a “special day” for the West Indies bowling attack and told his batsmen to draw confidence fro…

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Holder’s dismissal of Stokes sparked West Indies’ special day, says Simmons

West Indies coach tells players to ‘bat normally’ to earn winZak Crawley hopes the pitch will spin on day fivePhil Simmons credited Jason Holder for sparking a “special day” for the West Indies bowling attack and told his batsmen to draw confidence fro…

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Holder’s dismissal of Stokes sparked West Indies’ special day, says Simmons

West Indies coach tells players to ‘bat normally’ to earn winZak Crawley hopes the pitch will spin on day fivePhil Simmons credited Jason Holder for sparking a “special day” for the West Indies bowling attack and told his batsmen to draw confidence fro…

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Let nerves jangle and adrenaline flow: the first Test of summer is here | Vic Marks

The ECB and the West Indies deserve praise on the eve of the three-Test series, now it’s up to the players to put on a showAgainst the odds, the first Test match of the 2020 summer is upon us. Let us hope that in years to come the six Tests against the…

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Ben Stokes: will the shackles be on or off for England’s new captain? | Vic Marks

Against a backdrop of tight biosecurity and an empty stadium attention will centre on how the barnstorming all-rounder copes with being in charge against West IndiesAt last a Test match to preview. How do we go about that? It’s the clash of the great a…

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‘He’s a leader of men’: Bayliss spotted Stokes’s captaincy potential early

All-rounder has always had presence of a leader says Bayliss‘When he talks everyone listens, players are drawn to him’Ben Stokes has been described as “a leader of men” by Trevor Bayliss, who long saw the all-rounder as captaincy material during his ti…

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Ben Stokes says he has earned redemption and captaincy chance

Stokes set to deputise for Joe Root in first West Indies TestIt is less than two years since Stokes was acquitted of affrayBen Stokes is preparing to step up as England captain for the first Test against West Indies next week and he believes this honou…

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Joe Root backs Ben Stokes to cover as England captain if he misses first Test

Root may miss first Windies Test to be at birth of second child‘I could see Ben doing very good job … he drags people with him’Joe Root would have no qualms handing over the England captaincy to Ben Stokes should the birth of his second child and pro…