SORRY ...I’VE BEEN A WALLY

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - LEINSTER CLUB SFC FINAL - BY DEAN WIL­SON Cricket Cor­re­spon­dent @Crick­et­mir­ror

BEN STOKES ad­mits he has learned his les­son af­ter be­ing al­lowed to con­tinue his Eng­land ca­reer.

The all-rounder pub­licly apol­o­gised for the first time for his street brawl in Bris­tol last year af­ter ad­mit­ting at a Cricket Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee hear­ing that he brought the game into dis­re­pute.

Stokes said: “Although the dis­ci­plinary process is now over, I’ve learned les­sons that will stay with me for much longer. I’ve al­ready apol­o­gised to my team-mates, coaches and sup­port staff for the con­se­quences of my ac­tions in Bris­tol.

“I re­gret the in­ci­dent ever hap­pened and I apol­o­gise to Eng­land sup­port­ers and the pub­lic for bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute.

“Cricket and fam­ily are my life. This in­ci­dent has been a

ENG­LAND Test cap­tain Joe Root has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion keep­ing him at York­shire un­til 2022.Root (left), who was born in Sh­effield, told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site: “I love play­ing for York­shire. It’s my county. It’s where I’ve grown up and what I know.“It’s the White Rose and what it’s about. For me, I don’t re­ally see my­self play­ing any­where else.“I’m pas­sion­ate about us as a county be­ing suc­cess­ful. I’m look­ing for­ward to this new STORM BE­FORE THE CALM Stokes ar­rives at the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing in rainy Lon­don yes­ter­day ad­ven­ture for the club – new ground, young side, it should be a re­ally ex­cit­ing time.”Root, 27, first came onto York­shire’s radar as a 12-year-old and pro­gressed through the ranks, scor­ing 66 on his County Cham­pi­onship de­but against Worces­ter­shire in 2011.York­shire di­rec­tor of cricket Mar­tyn Moxon said: “The in­flu­ence he has on our play­ers is huge and the younger play­ers as­pire to reach the lev­els Joe’s achieved – we’ve that role model within the club.”

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