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England’s Ben Stokes faces fitness test prior to second Test against Pakistan

• All-rounder suffered tight hamstring during England practice• Surrey’s Sam Curran called up as cover for Headingley matchBen Stokes is to have a scan on his left hamstring and is likely to face a fitness test on the morning of the second Test against…

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Ben Stokes: ‘I lived every moment of the Ashes … I was just as gutted’ | Ali Martin

The England all-rounder recalls his emotional England return after missing the series defeat in Australia, and explains why playing in the IPL is not about the moneyIt’s 6pm at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. A drowsy sun has already slunk below …

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Return of Ben Stokes tops agenda as England prepare for New Zealand

• Questions remain over Stokes due to back injury• Just having him there is a good lift, says Moeen AliTheir Test record overseas is abysmal – with no wins in 11 matches, for those counting – and they have broadly kept the same players who failed in Au…

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Ben Stokes steers improved England to comfortable win over New Zealand

New Zealand 223 all out (49.4 overs); England 225-4 (37.5 overs)England win by six wickets Ben Stokes put in a man-of-the-match performance in his second game back in England colours, leading them to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand to square the …

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Ben Stokes will not be risked too early, says England’s Eoin Morgan

• ‘He’s been bowling indoors – it’s not the same,’ captain says• Stokes back in old routine, ‘chipping golf balls and talking crap’Ben Stokes was back on a cricket field alongside his England team-mates, for the first time since 24 September, in a ligh…

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Trevor Bayliss will not rush Ben Stokes back into England ODI side

• England coach says all-rounder unlikely to play in first ODI of series• ‘We’ll have to see how he is with travel, with practice,’ says BaylissTrevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but confirmed he is unlikely to play in England’s first…

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Ben Stokes named in England’s ODI squad to face New Zealand

• Allrounder due in court before five-match series begins• Dawid Malan and Jake Ball not included in squadEngland have announced the squad for their one-day international series in New Zealand, with the familiar sight of Ben Stokes’s inclusion accompan…

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Ben Stokes bags £1.4m deal with Rajasthan Royals in IPL auction

• England captain Joe Root goes unsold, along with Chris Gayle• Jos Buttler also signs for Rajasthan, while Woakes fetches £820,000Ben Stokes’ pending court case did little to affect his market value at the Indian Premier League auction in Bengaluru as…

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Trevor Bayliss says Ben Stokes will be welcomed back with open arms

• Head coach says T20 omission was purely sporting decision• Stokes will link up with side for forthcoming Twenty20 tri-seriesHead coach Trevor Bayliss has no doubt Ben Stokes will be welcomed back “with open arms” by the England squad when he returns …

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Ben Stokes: ECB ruling raises more questions over their decision-making | Vic Marks

Decision to reinstate England all-rounder for series in New Zealand despite pending trial for affray has puzzling aspectsBen Stokes will be back in the fold and playing for England within four weeks. During the period when Stokes had not been charged b…

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Ben Stokes: ECB ruling raises more questions over their decision-making | Vic Marks

Decision to reinstate England all-rounder for series in New Zealand despite pending trial for affray has puzzling aspectsBen Stokes will be back in the fold and playing for England within four weeks. During the period when Stokes had not been charged b…

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Ben Stokes: all-rounder cleared to play for England after affray charge

• Player can take part in Twenty20 tri-series and Test matches• Stokes had been suspended since incident in Bristol city centreBen Stokes will return to international cricket in February, after the ECB lifted his suspension on Wednesday morning. On Mon…

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Ben Stokes charged with affray after incident outside Bristol nightclub

• All-rounder will appear before Bristol magistrates at later date• Stokes missed Ashes series after incidentEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, the Crown Prosecution Service has an…

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2017

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2017 and recalls how each one was created20mm lens 1/1250 f4 ISO 1000 Continue reading…

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Dawid Malan set to take Ben Stokes’ place in England’s ODI squad

Middlesex left-hander to get chance to continue upward trajectoryAcceptance Stokes’ legal situation will not change in time for one-day seriesDawid Malan is set to be added to England’s one-day squad to face Australia after a pragmatic acceptance that …

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Ben Stokes to get go-ahead from ECB to play in Indian Premier League

• England absentee set to be given permission to play in lucrative event• All-rounder was IPL’s highest paid overseas player in 2017 with £1.7m dealBen Stokes looks set to be given approval to put his name into next month’s Indian Premier League auctio…

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Ben Stokes back in UK for Christmas, ending Ashes speculation

Suspended English all-rounder ends his brief stint with the Canterbury cricket club in New ZealandEngland’s hopes of winning the Ashes are gone, and so is Ben Stokes.The suspended English all-rounder has ended his brief stint with Canterbury cricket cl…

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Don’t blame Ben Stokes for England’s Ashes defeat – Australia are simply better | Vic Marks

With probably the best batsman in the world and a potent pace bowling attack, Australia would have been the better side, Stokes or no StokesIt did not just go wrong on a pavement in Bristol in the early hours of 25 September. The first and most ob…

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Ben Stokes run out for one-ball duck as batting woes continue in New Zealand

• All-rounder run out for a duck playing for Canterbury in Ford Trophy• Stokes took one wicket in 10 oversBen Stokes has suffered more batting woe as he was run out after just one ball on his latest appearance for Canterbury. A mix-up in communication …

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England’s Alex Hales set to lose opener’s spot for ODIs against Australia

• Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow likely openers for January series• Trevor Bayliss: ‘It would be difficult to go against Roy and Bairstow’Alex Hales looks to have lost his place as opener in England’s one-day team after being named in the squad for the s…