Stokes fined but free to play for England
England allrounder Ben Stokes on Friday spoke of the "huge burden" he has felt since he was involved in a brawl outside a nightclub last year after learning he will not miss any more cricket. Stokes was handed an eight-match England ban by the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB's) discipline commission but those games are deemed to have been served. Teammate Alex Hales was given a six-match white-ball ban with two already served and four suspended. Stokes was fined a total of US$38,000 while Hales was fined US$ 22,000, US$12,000 of which is suspended. Stokes, 27, was acquitted of a criminal charge of affray at a trial in August following the incident in Bristol, southwest England, in September 2017. Both Stokes and Hales will now be available for selection for the full itinerary of England's tour of the Caribbean.
Sri Lanka appoints Aussie Rixon as fielding coach
Struggling Sri Lanka on Saturday announced the appointment of former Australian cricketer Steve Rixon as its fielding coach, in a bid to boost preparations for the world cup next year. The 64 year old will begin his new assignment later this month and join the team in New Zealand where, starting December 15, Sri Lanka is scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20. It will later play two Tests in Australia from January 24. "We are happy to welcome Steve into the team," Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said. De Silva said Rixon will work with the team until the end of the 2019 World Cup. Sri Lanka recently lost the home ODI and Test series to England.