Today’s Ben Stokes-induced happenings

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Photo by Sarah Ansell
Photo by Sarah Ansell

At one point in the afternoon session, Ben Stokes accidentally spat on his own shirt. You’d think this would be a low point, but he plucked off the deposit with no obvious display of emotion. Perhaps he knew that things were about to get significantly worse.

Shortly after spraying a loose one over his off side, Stokes used the ball to find the edge of a Yadav’s bat. Alastair Cook – a man who we’re confident has dropped more chances for England than any other outfielder in history – duly did his ball-shelling thing.

Stokes looked ever-so-slightly peeved.

Three balls later, Stokes found the edge of another Yadav’s bat. Jonny Bairstow did that thing where he takes a huge step to the left while diving to the right, so that he doesn’t so much stretch for the ball as rotate around a fulcrum somewhere around his navel. The ball passed right by him.

Stokes looked ever-so-slightly more peeved.

But then the wickets came. The next five Stokes deliveries resulted in two wickets and he finished the innings with five scalps and a greater bowling workload than anyone bar Adil Rashid.

Ben Stokes made tiredness and not-quite-so-big-a-first-innings-deficit-as-might-have-been-expected happen.


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    1. If by ‘yet’ you mean ‘for a couple of weeks in February’, then yes.

      Gary Ballance getting dropped might turn out to be good for his future England prospects.

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  1. I looked up Stokes name because I thought he had Irish decent It turns out his name is Anglo Saxon and means Stump Remover how cool is that?

    1. Stokes is the son of a Stock broker from Kerala, who wanted his son to own a lot of “stokes”

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    1. Doesn’t *seem* like it’s helping, but then who knows how badly England would be doing without it.

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