The England talisman all-rounder Ben Stokes will not fly with his teammates on the Australian tour, England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss confirmed. In place of Stokes, fast bowler Steven Finn has been drafted in for the Ashes tour.
It was least expected that Stokes will be able to make the cut into the squad after the video of his brawl went viral on the internet. The former England skipper Andrew Stokes doesn’t want Stokes saga to throw a spanner in the works for the England team’s tour preparation.
Good decision has been taken by the ECB
The England team will jet off to Australia on 28 October and Stokes will not be part of the flight. Stokes has been suspended following his brawl outside the nightclub in Bristol and has been handed over a new contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
It is to be noted that Stokes saga was putting the whole England team under some pressure and it was imperative to give all the players a clear vision so that they can move on and focus on the job at hand which is to prepare for the Ashes.
Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss said as quoted by Mirror, “With the Ashes just around the corner, it’s important to give the players, the coaching staff, and supporters some clarity around a complex situation. This decision will help us in the weeks ahead and give every player and the whole England set-up the best chance to focus on the challenge ahead in Australia. Steven is a high-quality cricketer, with considerable experience of both international cricket and Australian conditions”.
It was imperative for England cricket to take this decision as it could have been a hindrance in their preparation. The England team will now look to focus all their energy on their preparation as they will look to retain the urn.