Stokes fined but free to play for Eng­land

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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