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Category: Ben Stokes

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England coach Chris Silverwood wants Test team to get the basics right

• Chris Silverwood focuses on regaining Ashes in 2021• Midnight curfew for England players to remain in placeChris Silverwood preached a return to the old-fashioned values of batting time and relentlessness with the ball as the new England men’s coach …

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Ben Stokes takes legal action against Sun over story about his mother

Cricketer attacked newspaper’s article about a tragedy in his family as ‘despicable’ Ben Stokes and his mother, Deborah, have launched legal action against the Sun, after the newspaper last month published a front-page story detailing a tragedy involvi…

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Face-grab photos are ‘nonsense’, says Ben Stokes’s wife

Clare Stokes says images that seemed to show couple fighting were ‘twisted’ by paparazziThe wife of the cricketer Ben Stokes has dismissed allegations of a physical altercation between the couple at an awards ceremony.Pictures have emerged of Stokes an…

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Stars embrace the Hundred amid a background of cricket scepticism

• Stokes picked by Superchargers, Archer by Southern Brave• Woakes says free to air coverage can help competition take off“We’re in east London, it’s a new competition, and there’s a 43-year-old ECB guy wearing jeans,” says Rob Calder, by way of buildi…

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Ben Stokes attacks ‘despicable’ Sun story about family tragedy

England cricketer says front-page article about family trauma in 1980s is immoralThe England cricket player Ben Stokes has described a front-page article by the Sun newspaper about a family tragedy 31 years ago as “disgusting” and “immoral”.In a statem…

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Ashes 2019: stellar images from an unforgettable summer

A look back at the fortunes of England and Australia across the five Tests, as seen through the lens of Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins. Click or tap on the images to read the captions Continue reading…

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Ben Stokes backs Jofra Archer to help England regain Ashes in Australia

• ‘I don’t think I’ve seen a more talented bowler,’ says Stokes• Archer hit 96mph and took 22 wickets in his first four TestsBen Stokes believes Jofra Archer to be the most talented fast bowler he has seen and one who can help regain the Ashes in Austr…

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Australia’s Steve Smith seizes second chance in Ashes tale of two redemptions | Matthew Engel

Rather than being booed, Australia’s leading batsman should be saluted as a brave and decent cricketer for his stirring batting performances against EnglandFor tonight we’ll merry merry be,For tonight we’ll merry merry be, Continue reading…

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Ben Stokes, hero of Headingley, is England’s buccaneering totem

The all-action miracle man will never be perfect but belongs to that rare group of sporting giants with superhuman willIn the delirious aftermath of the World Cup final in July, Jos Buttler had a quick chat with Michael Vaughan on the Lord’s outfield. …

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England’s Ashes puzzles: what to do about Anderson, Roy – and Stokes | Tim de Lisle

Who makes room for Jimmy Anderson? Should Jason Roy be dropped or moved? And how do make sure Ben Stokes is still on song? There is plenty to ponder before the fourth TestEngland’s greatest bowler of the past decade has just proved his fitness again af…

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Ben Stokes celebrated Ashes exploits with TV replay and fast-food

• Allrounder revels in aftermath of Headingley heroics• Stokes: ‘There were quarter-pounders flying everywhere’Ben Stokes has revealed he celebrated his miraculous Ashes-saving innings at Headingley with his England teammates by visiting a McDonald’s d…

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Once troubled Ben Stokes now has a summer he will always own | Andy Bull

His career obituary was being written in 2017 but England’s Headingley Ashes hero has become the best version of himselfThe messiest corner of any sports writer’s life is their waste-paper bin. A lot of the time print deadlines are so tight that most o…

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The big question: was Stokes’s hundred the greatest Test innings you’ve seen?

All-rounder’s firework finale spanned Atherton’s Johannesburg doggedness with Botham’s 1981 heroics while eclipsing both. But what about Graham Gooch’s own Headingley masterpiece?If I’d been at the Waca in 1975 when Roy Fredericks thrashed 169 off Denn…

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Magnificent Ben Stokes is England’s greatest ever all-rounder | Moeen Ali

My friend’s feats at Headingley and in the World Cup final at Lord’s have elevated him above legends like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff. He is the best cricketer I have played alongsideIn the biggest summer in English cricket history Ben Stokes has st…

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Ben Stokes’s miracle Headingley knock sets Test record for Sky

• Broadcaster registers peak of 2.1 million UK viewers• Channel 5’s one-hour highlights package attracts 2 millionBen Stokes and the miracle of Headingley resulted in Sky’s highest audience for a day of live Test cricket, with a peak of 2.1 million UK …

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From ‘village cricketer’ to cult hero: Jack Leach relives his 17-ball epic | Vic Marks

He scored just one run but in his match-winning stand with Ben Stokes, England’s No 11 became the owner of cricket’s most famous pair of spectacles since the days of David SteeleWell, his running between the wickets borders on the diabolical. It is not…

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Ben Stokes’s rampage should not be sullied with a judgmental asterisk | Rob Smyth

England all-rounder’s 135 not out was not compromised by a turned-down lbw shout that, rather, showed much-touted infallibility of cricket’s technology may be in doubtBen Stokes: 135*. His euphoric rampage at Headingley will forever be accompanied by a…

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Australia’s use of DRS must improve after Headingley defeat, admits Langer

• Head coach says one-wicket defeat in third Test ‘hurts’• Langer facing selection decision with Smith’s returnAustralia’s head coach, Justin Langer, wants to see an improvement in the way they use the decision review system after Ben Stokes was given …

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Australia’s use of DRS must improve after Headingley defeat, admits Langer

• Head coach says one-wicket defeat in third Test ‘hurts’• Langer facing selection decision with Smith’s returnAustralia’s head coach, Justin Langer, wants to see an improvement in the way they use the decision review system after Ben Stokes was given …

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Benevolence, blame and everything in between: how Australia reacted to Ashes defeat

From praise for the ‘indomitable’ Ben Stokes to hand-wringing over ‘a national cricketing nightmare’, this loss won’t be easily forgottenDrink it in, England. Intravenously connect this to your veins. While you’ve been sleeping or celebrating, Australi…