Ashes 2017/18: Ben Stokes Hits Back at Matthew Hayden for ‘Rabble’ Jibe at England Squad
Ben Stokes might be very far away from all the action that is set to start in a couple of days in Australia, but it has not stopped the suspended England star break his silence on Twitter and slam Australia legend, Matthew Hayden.
Stokes, who was initially named in the England squad for the Ashes, is still clueless, as when he would join the team, as the investigations by the Police as well as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is going on. The all-rounder was arrested on September 25 but was soon released while being under investigation.
However, the case then took a huge turn when The Sun released a CCTV footage showing the England star landing punches after punches on a man outside the pub in Bristol. He was soon dropped from the Ashes squad and later got suspended until further notice. Since then, he had maintained a low-profile on Twitter but decided to break the silence after Hayden’s statement on England.
Calling the England squad a ‘rabble’, Hayden had claimed he did not know about half of England’s squad members.
“The Poms are a rabble,” Hayden had said on Brisbane Heat’s podcast before adding:
“I look down half of the list, and I honestly don’t even know who half of these guys are.”
However, the statement did not go down well with Stokes who took a dig at the batting legend, tweeting:
“Hayden says he doesn’t know who half our squad is….only 2 from the squad haven’t played at International level…..he’s a cricket pundit yeah??”
Hayden says he doesn't know who half our squad is….only 2 from the squad haven't played at International level…..he's a cricket pundit yeah?????? https://t.co/5UVT0jRQMY
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) November 20, 2017
Meanwhile, many believe Stokes’ absence will cost England the Ashes. Earlier, Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, had admitted Stokes’ absence is a blow to the England team.
“What we all want is clarity on what that situation is and how much cricket he will be missing for England. We’re keen to get into that and move this forward, but we’re in the hands of the police. Ben has been and is developing into a world-class cricketer. The fact he’s not out there at the moment is a blow to the England team,” the former England skipper had said.
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