Ben Stokes promises to cheer from home as England begin Ashes campaign

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes has wished his team good luck for the Ashes which got underway with the first Test being played at the Brisbane Cricket Ground Thursday morning.Stokes posted a video on Twitter in which he promised to cheer for his team from home and also thanked the English fans for travelling all the way to Australia to support Joe Root’s Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) November 22, 2017Stokes is not travelling with the English team to Australia for the Ashes. He was arrested in the early hours of September 26 after an incident in Bristol and missed the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against West Indies last month.Stokes was arrested over his involvement in a brawl outside a pub in Bristol. The news broke as the England selectors were set to meet to finalise the Ashes squad. However, they named Stokes as part of the side.The dashing all-rounder was later dropped from the Ashes squad pending investigation.The ECB gave no further details of the incident, but the BBC said it happened in a city nightclub. Sky Sports Television reported that the 26-year-old player had injured his hand.England currently holds the Ashes after winning the 2015 series 3-2 at home, regaining the urn after its lopsided loss in Australia last time.Meanwhile, Mark Stoneman and James Vince combined defiantly in their first experience of Ashes cricket to blunt Australia’s much-hyped pace attack and help England to 59-1 in the first session of the series.advertisementMitchell Starc struck in the third over to have former England captain Alastair Cook (2) caught at first slip with the total at two, exposing a left-right second-wicket pair with a combined 10 previous Test caps to a potentially hostile initiation.Starc returned 1-14 from 10 overs. Cummins had Stoneman rocking back on his heels with a bouncer in his second over that caught the England opener off guard, and finished the session with 0-13.But the Australians were unable to capitalize on the early breakthrough, and Vince (32 not out) and Stoneman (25 not out) weathered the new ball in a 57-run stand that took the tourists to lunch without further loss after skipper Joe Root won the toss and batted.The banter and bluster from the Australians leading up to the Gabba Test centered on their 5-0 sweep here the last time England toured in 2013-14, when a local pace trio spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson intimidated the batsmen and set the foundation for a series domination.last_img

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