Ben Stokes returns to training in Christchurch

Written by Sumit Seth

England World Cup-winning all-rounder was seen returning to the training ground as posted a video of himself bowling in the nets at Christchurch, where his parents live. The No.1 ranked all-rounder in Tests, Stokes made a nostalgic post about Christchurch, where it all started for him as his initial years in cricket started right there. New Zealand-born Stokes was seen to bowl the right line and length to bamboozle the batsman, Nick Smithson, and hit the stumps as the batsman went for the wrong line.

“Been great being in Christchurch we’re it all began for me. thanks to @sydenhamcricket for letting me use their facilities to bowl in..unlucky today @nick.smithson.7”: Stokes wrote on Instagram.

“England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the #raisethebat Test series against Pakistan for family reasons. Stokes will leave the UK later this week and travel to New Zealand. He will miss England’s two Test matches against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl starting on Thursday 13 August and Friday 21 August,” a statement, form last month, from the ECB read.

The Rajasthan Royals, who are still unsure of Ben Stokes’ presence in the marquee T20 league, will begin their IPL 2020 campaign on September 22 as they take on 3-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah cricket stadium.

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