England vs New Zealand: Ben Stokes pays touching tribute to Graham Thorpe

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Leading his first game as official England Test captain, Ben Stokes has stripped off the traditional blazer to reveal a touching tribute to former batting and manager Graham Thorpe, who fell seriously ill last month.

Stokes ditched the navy blazer and wore a unique game shirt with Thorpe’s name and cap number, 564, on the back, rather than his own.

Thorpe, who played 100 Tests between 1993 and 2005, was England batting coach as recently as the Ashes this winter and was close to many players.

On May 10, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) revealed that Thorpe, who had recently been appointed head coach of Afghanistan, “became seriously ill” and was “currently hospitalized for treatment”, adding that ” his prognosis is unclear at this time.” this step”.

There has been no official update on the 52-year-old’s condition since.

Stokes lost the coin toss, with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson unsurprisingly choosing to strike first. They are without the injured Henry Nicholls but have selected Trent Boult, who only arrived in London on Monday after playing in Sunday’s IPL final. Spinner Ajaz Patel was also selected, with Neil Wagner and Matt Henry excluded.

England debuted setter Matt Potts, who was presented with his cap by Steve Harmison, another former Durham fast bowler.


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