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‘9 slips and a gully on that pitch’: Stuart Broad quips as Ben Stokes returns to practice in Christchurch

England cricketer Ben Stokes, who is currently in New Zealand, was seen hitting the nets in Christchurch. As the seasoned pacer bowled the right line and length as the ball hit the stumps and the batsman was left bamboozled and there was Stokes’ old mate Stuart Broad ready to put up some banter.

Ben Stokes's availability in IPL 2020 is still uncertain. (Reuters Photo)

Ben Stokes’s availability in IPL 2020 is still uncertain. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch: Ben Stokes return to practice in Christchurch
  • Stuart Broad sparks a banter on Stokes’ instagram post
  • Rajasthan Royals are unsure of Stokes’ availability for IPL 2020

Early in August, midway during Pakistan’s tour of England, seasoned all-rounder Ben Stokes had pulled out of the home series and left for New Zealand to be by the side of his ailing father Ged. Stokes’ father, former rugby league international, was hospitalised in Johannesburg last year right ahead of Christmas.

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.

To this post, England teammate Stuart Broad wrote: “9 slips & a gully” on that pitch ”

“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.


This Post first appeared on “India Today”

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