- Ben Stokes is training at Durham while his international exile continues
- The England all-rounder is awaiting the conclusion of a police investigation
- Stokes has been netting with his county should he be able to play in the Ashes
Ben Stokes is training at Durham while his international exile continues.
The England all-rounder was unable to make the plane for the Ashes tour as he awaits the conclusion of a police investigation.
Stokes is waiting to hear if he will be charged with causing actual bodily harm after a late-night fracas in Bristol in September.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes shared a training video from Durham in his Instagram story
While his England are adjusting to life without him, Stokes has been netting with his county
Tagged as ‘grafting’ and a ‘full run’, Stokes went through a full delivery at Durham’s indoor base
But, while his England team-mates have had to adjust to life on tour without their talismanic vice-captain, the 26-year-old has been netting with his county.
In a series of videos on his Instagram story, Stokes showed himself applying the sponsor’s logo to a raft of new bats, before a video appeared of him bowling in the nets.
Tagged as ‘grafting’ and a ‘full run’, Stokes went through a full delivery at Durham’s indoor base.
A Stokes-less England were admittedly below par despite remaining in cruise control against a Cricket Australia XI on day three of their final Ashes warm-up match.
Dawid Malan celebrates hitting England’s second century in consecutive days in Townsville
Assistant coach Paul Farbrace acknowledged a ‘mixed day’ containing ‘soft dismissals’, even though England are on course to beat these opponents for the second time in eight days.
After Dawid Malan (109) and Joe Root (83) extended their fourth-wicket stand to 163, England took a mammoth lead of 265 with a first-innings 515 all out which nonetheless featured a collapse of five wickets for 38 runs.Even so, Farbrace said: ‘If we’re honest, it was a bit of a mixed day.
‘We feel we’d had two really good previous days, and perhaps (on Friday) we just slipped a fraction from the standards we would have expected.
‘We’ve got ourselves in a good position in the game. But in terms of going into next week’s match, perhaps we’ve not quite been as good as we could have been.
‘It’s probably quite a good timely reminder, with the Test starting next week, that we’ve got to be fully focused every day and every session… on our game all the time.’