STOKES UNDER TRIAL
Ben Stokes, the Right-arm fast-medium England bowler sent good wishes from his side ahead of the second Test against India at Lord’s on Thursday. He specifically, wished good luck to the debut batsman Ollie Pope
Right now, Stokes is under trial at Bristol Crown Court. He has been accused of knocking out two other men outside a nightclub in the southwest English city in September last year.
In a message on twitter, Stokes wished all his colleagues the very best accompanied by an Instagram photograph of all-rounder cricketer Sam Curran, like Pope a 20-year-old Surrey star, celebrating a wicket.
Good luck to all the englandcricket lads today and for the rest of the week,always exciting seeing guys get there first opportunity,hope it goes for you well for you @opope32 #loveengland https://t.co/7y4yb2sLne
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) August 9, 2018
According to the Prosecutors, Stokes was the ‘main aggressor’ in a fight that broke out after an England match. However, the 27-year-old cricketer denied the charge against him.
In a statement provided to police, Stokes mentioned that he only intervened after he heard two men being discriminatory towards two other men.
Stokes said in the court, “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”
Earlier, Stokes was accused of making fun of gay men outside the club and throwing a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denied any such happening but rather said “they thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up”
STOKES NOT TO BE PART OF ENGLAND TEST SQUAD AT LORD’S
However, he will not be seen around in the second Test at Lord’s which is yet to begin due to endless rain in London.
For now, Stokes is in fine form with the ball. He took 3 wickets in the first Test as the hosts completed a 31-run win at Edgbaston. England is leading the five-match Test series by 1-0.
England captain Joe Root confirmed the news on Wednesday that Dawid Malan has been dropped. In his place, the 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope would make his debut at Lord’s.