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06:15  07 december  2017
06:15  07 december  2017 Source:   MSN

Stokes headed Down Under but not for Ashes, says ECB

  Stokes headed Down Under but not for Ashes, says ECB Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes has left England on a trip to visit family in New Zealand and will not be joining the Ashes squad, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday. Stokes, who has been suspended since he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub in September, was pictured at London's Heathrow Airport late on Monday.The sighting sparked speculation that he might be on his way to Australia to join his erstwhile team mates, who were hammered by 10 wickets in the first Ashes test on Monday, but England officials said that was not the case.

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  NZ domestic cricket side coy on Stokes New Zealand team Canterbury says it hasn't yet decided whether it will offer suspended England allrounder Ben Stokes a spot.England cricketer Ben Stokes is expected to soon land in Christchurch but Canterbury Cricket says it won't be chasing him through the airport for his signature.

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Former captains Bob Willis and Michael Vaughan believe England are heading towards a 5-0 Ashes defeat after losing the second Test in Adelaide.

Willis said the tourists' lack of competitiveness for most of the first two matches has proved Australia are the superior side.

"England are fighting as hard as they can, but the bald fact is they are up against a better side in these conditions," Willis told the UK's Sky Sports.

"The glaring differences are that Australia have express pace in the seam department and a world-class spinner. We have neither.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited "At this rate, you wouldn't be surprised if it was 5-0, as Adelaide probably represented England's best chance to chalking up a victory."

Knives quickly out for English captain

  Knives quickly out for English captain England captain Joe Root's decision to bowl first in the second Ashes Test is rapidly attracting criticism from past players. The knives have quickly come out for England captain Joe Root after he snubbed history and chose to bowl first in an Adelaide Oval Test.Only one team has won after doing so.That triumph belongs to the then-mighty West Indies whose fearsome fast bowlers delivered victory in February 1982.On Saturday, in overcast conditions and forecast rain, Root won the toss and sent Australia in to bat in the second Ashes Test.

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England began day five at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday with a chance to steal victory having bowled themselves back into the match, only to lose their final six wickets in the first session for a 120-run loss.

It followed their 10-wicket hammering in Brisbane in the opener.

Vaughan, the lead run-scorer in the losing 2002-03 tour of Australia, suggested England had neither the skill nor resilience to win a match.

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He said England competed strongly only when their backs were to the wall.

"This was the week we all fancied England to take something from," Vaughan told the BBC.

"In Perth, the ball won't swing like this.

"We are now looking at - like we did in 2013, like we did in 2006-07 - you look at this England side, and realistically, can you see them winning a Test match?

"How do you win Test matches with those kinds of scores? You haven't got 20 wickets yet. I think it's going to be very difficult to win a Test match on this tour."

NICE GARRY: Nathan Lyon just took a screamer caught and bowled with his outstretched left hand

  NICE GARRY: Nathan Lyon just took a screamer caught and bowled with his outstretched left hand Nathan Lyon's second wicket of the day was an absolute screamer of a catch, diving across the wicket to his left after Moeen Ali spooned a leading edge back to the bowler.  Jonny Bairstow stood on the crease at the non-striker's, helpless, watching Lyon stretch out his left hand in front of him as hope for England fades faster than Brexit negotiations. Here's the catch. Nice, Garry.A flying GOAT! https://t.co/MboRNr0wWd #Ashes pic.twitter.com/smntfBTsGc— cricket.com.

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England captain Joe Root has insisted this series did not resemble the lopsided 5-0 thumping that unfolded in Australia four years ago.

"We showed throughout the two games for periods that we can outperform Australia," he said.

"I don't think that we're as unevenly matched."

Meanwhile, England great Ian Botham has called for star all-rounder Ben Stokes' selection for the third Test in Perth.

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Stokes was named in the one-day international squad on Thursday but is on the sidelines for the Test series as he awaits a UK prosecutors' decision on whether to charge him for his involvement in a brawl.

"I would play the strongest side and that includes Ben," Botham told Fox Sports.

"He would be the X-factor that might shake things up. England need to act and act quickly."

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England batsman Ben Duckett has been stood down from an Ashes tour game in Perth, where he was out late drinking this week.England, down 2-0 in the Ashes and already widely tipped to be on track for another whitewash, couldn't maturely navigate a single night after their midnight Ashes curfew was temporarily lifted on Thursday.

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