Former England skipper Michael Vaughan revealed a prominent face of the three Lions cricket Ben Stokes is desperate to return to the national team to make his performances count after being discarded for Ashes squad, as his case is further subjected to the Bristol brawl charges.
“He clearly is desperate to come back and play ASAP depending the enquiry and is putting himself in the best position to do so,” Vaughan tweeted on his official Twitter handle with the hash tag of Ashes.
The 43-year-old Manchester-born Vaughan, who is active on social media micro-blogging website Twitter, believes the star all-rounder Stokes is going through a tricky phase as of now.
“The @benstokes38 [Ben Stokes] position is a tricky one,” Vaughan posted.
As the 26-year-old Stokes has flown to Christchurch to work on his game, Vaughan further stated the former did his best to stay in touch with cricket.
“But I do think he deserves credit for arranging on his own accord to play Cricket in NZ,” Vaughan maintained in his tweet.
Interestingly, Stokes was born in Christchurch and is expected to represent Canterbury side in New Zealand. On Monday night (November 26), Stokes was spotted at Heathrow airport in London, before rumours spread that Durham-based cricketer is heading Australia for joining the England squad for the Ashes.
However, hours after the news spread like a wildfire, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released the statement by putting the rumours to rest. Moreover, the left-handed batsman was seen boarding a flight with his England kitbag which made it an eventually interesting case for his fans.
On the other side, alongside former gloveman Matt Prior, Vaughan clarified the promising professional is not going to Australia, as the news was doing rounds on social media and in particular Twitter. England statement revealed that Stokes was going to meet his relatives alongside his family.
While going on his own, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) further cleared the air by saying they did not receive any request from Stokes to express the desire to represent the domestic club. With no clarity over Stokes’ investigation, the delivering verdict regarding the Bristol street-brawl is expected to take some more time.
Pertinently, Stokes is facing the charge after landing himself into trouble by thrashing two men near one of the pubs in Bristol soon after the third One-day International win against the Windies in September. By disciplinary procedure, ECB has already suspended Stokes with Avon and Somerset’s police hearing the case.
Earlier, in the England’s Ashes 2017-18 squad, Stokes was also named in the 16-member list which further saw him getting replaced by Steven Finn, who further returned home following the knee injury when Tom Curran was flown to Australia before hosts lead the five-match series 1-0.
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So far, Stokes played 62 Tests for England in which he amassed 2,429 runs at an average of 35.72. With the ball in 69 innings, Stokes picked 95 scalps at an average of 33.93.
Here’s what Michael Vaughan tweeted after Stokes flew to New Zealand to enjoy his time with family owing to the private trip:
The @benstokes38 position is a tricky one .. But i do think he deserves credit for arranging on his own accord to play Cricket in NZ .. He clearly is desperate to come back and play ASAP depending the enquiry and is putting himself in the best position to do so #Ashes
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 28, 2017