POMS RALLY AT BEN’S WEDDING
JIMMY Anderson has revealed how England teammates will use Ben Stokes’s wedding as a chance to rally behind the troubled star as the playing group seeks an urgent resolution to the assault saga threatening to derail their Ashes campaign.
The England fast bowling leader admits Stokes ( pictured right with Anderson) needs the support of those closest to him as he prepares to tie the knot with longterm partner Clare Ratcliffe today. However, despite their stoic loyalty to the England vice- captain, Anderson has made it clear that the playing group would like the ECB to make a final call on Stokes and his Ashes availability as soon as possible.
“I think the lads are getting around him. He’s getting married this week and there will be many of the boys there,” Anderson said.
He said the two weeks until the team boarded the plane for Australia on October 28 were critical to England’s Ashes hopes, with a series of honesty sessions to determine whether they use Stokes’s predicament as an excuse or inspiration.
Stokes’s agent has said that his client will “make public his full explanation and evidence” on the alleged Bristol street fight that has plunged England cricket into crisis, but only when the time is right.