Cricket

Ashes 2017: ECB deny rumours of Ben Stokes visiting Australia to take part in ongoing tournament

  • AFP
  • November 28th, 2017
  • 8:29:34 IST

Sydney: England cricket chiefs Tuesday said suspended allrounder Ben Stokes was visiting family in New Zealand and not heading to Australia after he was apparently spotted leaving London's Heathrow airport.

An image that claimed to show him at the airport began doing the rounds on social media late Monday, sparking speculation that he was flying Down Under to take part in the Ashes.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) quickly poured cold water on the suggestion.

Ben Stokes was promoted to the role of Test vice-captain, while Joe Root was appointed skipper. Reuters

File image of Ben Stokes. Reuters

"The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family. His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the ECB," it said in a statement.

"He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set-up."

Stokes has been suspended pending the outcome of investigations into a late-night incident in which he appeared to get involved in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

The controversy rocked England's preparations for the series with former Australia Test captains Steve Waugh and Ian Chappell among those who believe England can't retain the Ashes without him.

Australia won the first Test in Brisbane this week by 10 wickets, with the day-night second Test starting in Adelaide on Saturday.

Stokes moved from New Zealand to England as a child so his father Gerard, a former rugby league international, could take a coaching role.

Both his parents have since moved back to Christchurch.

Updated Date: November 28, 2017 08:29:34 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

India vs England: Hosts' all-rounder Ben Stokes hoping injured finger won't cause him problems during series
First Cricket News

India vs England: Hosts' all-rounder Ben Stokes hoping injured finger won't cause him problems during series

Stokes is due to play for Northern Superchargers in the first few rounds of The Hundred before linking up with the England squad for the five Tests against India, starting 4 August in Nottingham

Ian Chappell says squad depth a 'prized' asset in COVID times; believes India, England well placed
First Cricket News

Ian Chappell says squad depth a 'prized' asset in COVID times; believes India, England well placed

Chappell said England too showed their depth in the ODI series against Pakistan and it will hold them in good stead in the Ashes.

India vs England: Ben Stokes withdraws from series, takes indefinite 'mental well-being' break from all cricket
First Cricket News

India vs England: Ben Stokes withdraws from series, takes indefinite 'mental well-being' break from all cricket

The ECB in a statement said that Stokes has taken a break to prioritise his mental wellbeing and give rest to his left index finger which has not healed fully after he underwent an operation following an injury in the Indian Premier League.