England all-rounder Ben Stokes added to Ashes Squad after declaring himself “ready for Australia”
England’s chances of winning the Ashes down under this winter have increased dramatically after the addition of superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes to the touring party.
Stokes was originally set to miss out after making himself unavailable for selection by taking a break from cricket to focus on his mental health. His time away also allowed him to recover from a reassuring finger injury that had been causing him severe discomfort for months.
He initially suffered a broken finger back in April playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Then after undergoing a “successful” operation Stokes featured for Durham on a number of occasions before captaining a weakened England side against Pakistan after a COVID outbreak hit the squad.
In July he announced his indefinite break from the game due to discomfort and worries about his mental wellbeing – the added pressure of bubble life also played a part in the decision to take a break.
The decision came as a surprise to many and outlines the need to look after personal wellbeing no matter how high-profile the individual may be.
Earlier this month Stokes underwent surgery for a second time and after fears of delayed intervention his rehabilitation went as expected. His addition to the squad is welcome news to everyone involved in England Cricket and the 30-year-old is excited to be back in action:
“I had a break to priorities my mental wellbeing and I got my finger sorted. I am looking forward to seeing my mates and being on the field with them. I’m ready for Australia.”
England Captain Joe Root responded to the news by tweeting:
The inclusion of Stokes provides more balance to both England’s batting line-up and bowling attack. It also gives the Australian team more to think about, making England a much more troubling proposition.
The talismanic all-rounder often leaves his best for the Australians, who know all too well about the threat he possess after his unbeaten 135 at Headingley in 2019 gave England an unlikely win after facing down the barrel of a certain defeat. A memorable innings to say the least.
Stokes missed the last Ashes series in Australia following his suspension from international cricket after his involvement in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol; he was found not guilty of affray in August 2018.
Unfortunately Stokes’ return didn’t come in time for the T20 World Cup in the UAE, at which England smashed defending champions West Indies by six wickets after bowling out their opponents for just 55 in Dubai on Saturday.
England’s next game is against Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Root and the rest of the test-match squad leave for Australia on 4th November and will be joined by members of the t20 World Cup squad following the conclusion of the tournament.
The long awaited Ashes Series down under starts on December 8th in Brisbane.
Following the addition of Stokes England may change their bowling tactics from all-seam attack – he gives the touring side an added dimension.
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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