Stokes helps out Christchur­ch club

The Timaru Herald - - Sport -

Eng­land crick­eter Ben Stokes has taken time out to give back to the Christchur­ch cricket club where it all be­gan for him.

Stokes is in the Gar­den City to spend time with his un­well fa­ther, for­mer Kiwi league in­ter­na­tional Ger­ard Stokes, who has brain can­cer.

The 29-year-old all­rounder skipped Eng­land’s sec­ond and third tests against Pak­istan last month, spend­ing two weeks in quar­an­tine back in New Zealand be­fore join­ing his fam­ily.

Stokes has ven­tured to the

Sy­den­ham Cricket Club dur­ing his time in the city, rub­bing shoul­ders with club crick­eters ea­ger to pick his brains ahead of the

loom­ing club sea­son.

He posted a photo on In­sta­gram of him clean bowl­ing a bats­man on a bowler-friendly green top, one which at­tracted com­ments from

Eng­land team-mate Stu­art Broad and Aus­tralian Us­man Khawaja.

‘‘Where’s the wicket?’’ Khawaja asked of the spring prac­tice pitch in cen­tral Christchur­ch.

It isn’t the first time Stokes has taken time out to visit the Sy­den­ham Cricket Club while in his city of birth.

Last year, he bowled six full­paced de­liv­er­ies at brother James Stokes, af­ter his old brother bet he could sur­vive an over from the World Cup win­ner.

It wasn’t pretty, but James did in­deed sur­vive the fiery over.

Ben Stokes

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