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Ben Stokes: Disgraced cricketer dropped by sponsors New Balance as things take ANOTHER turn for the worse

BEN STOKES has been sensationally dumped by England sponsors New Balance following his street brawl in Bristol last month. The sportswear giant issued a damning statement and scrapped with immediate effect Stokes’ deal to use their bats and kit. His contract, which includes bonuses for scoring centuries and other big on-field performances, was worth around […]

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BEN STOKES has been sensationally dumped by England sponsors New Balance following his street brawl in Bristol last month.

The sportswear giant issued a damning statement and scrapped with immediate effect Stokes’ deal to use their bats and kit.

Ben Stokes has now been dropped by his sponsor New Balance over his recent indiscretions
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His contract, which includes bonuses for scoring centuries and other big on-field performances, was worth around £200,000-a-year.

It came just hours after the Durham all-rounder issued an apology for a video showing him mocking Harvey, the disabled son of glamour model Katie Price.

The decision by New Balance is a crushing blow to Stokes, who last week was told he will not fly to the Ashes with the rest of the squad on October 28.

The company’s two other biggest cricket signings are England captain Joe Root and Aussie skipper Steve Smith.

Ben Stokes was captured on CCTV involved in a fight that saw him throw a flurry of punches
Ben Stokes was captured on CCTV involved in a fight that saw him throw a flurry of punches
The video clearly shows cricketer Ben Stokes floor another man with a punch
The video clearly shows cricketer Ben Stokes floor another man with a punch

Earlier this year, they completed a five-year deal worth £10 million to supply England’s kit.

A statement said: “New Balance does not condone behaviour by our global athletes that does not match our brand culture and values and therefore we have ended our relationship with Ben Stokes, effective October 11, 2017.”

It means that, when he does play again, Stokes will have to use blank bats or find another sponsor.

Whether Stokes will be allowed to wear New Balance kit on his international return remains to be seen.

Stokes is still supported by Red Bull and a financial company called Centtrip.

He was arrested for suspected actual bodily harm at 2.35am on September 25.

When England supremo Andrew Strauss saw the Sun’s video of the punch-up, he immediately decided Stokes and batsman Alex Hales would not be considered for selection until further notice.

Hales was at the scene of the punch-up with Stokes but his lawyer says he is confident the police will not press charges.

Ben Stokes has been dropped by England for the Ashes, and is unlikely to play again this winter
Ben Stokes has been dropped by England for the Ashes, and is unlikely to play again this winter
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Regardless of what Avon and Somerset Police decide to do, Stokes will still face an internal disciplinary process at the ECB.

Sunsport understands that he is unlikely to play for England for the entire winter.


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Australian cricket team bus attacked in India with rock thrown through window, says batsman Aaron Finch

AUSTRALIA’s team bus came under attack in India, according to batsman Aaron Finch. The 30-year-old posted a picture on social media of a smashed window and said a rock was thrown at the vehicle. Finch described the incident that happened on the way back to the team hotel as “pretty scary”. He tweeted: “Pretty scary […]

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AUSTRALIA’s team bus came under attack in India, according to batsman Aaron Finch.

The 30-year-old posted a picture on social media of a smashed window and said a rock was thrown at the vehicle.

Aaron Finch said the Australian team bus was attacked in India
Aaron Finch said the Australian team bus was attacked in India
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Aaron Finch in action for Australia during their tour of India
Aaron Finch in action for Australia during their tour of India
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Finch described the incident that happened on the way back to the team hotel as “pretty scary”.

He tweeted: “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!”

Finch has played in India for many years with spells at six different teams in the lucrative Indian Premier League.

Australia beat India in the second T20 in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Aaron Finch said the team bus had a rock thrown at it on the way back to the team hotel
Aaron Finch said the team bus had a rock thrown at it on the way back to the team hotel
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Australia beat India in the second T20 in Guwahati to level the three-game series 1-1
Australia beat India in the second T20 in Guwahati to level the three-game series 1-1
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The hosts were dismissed for 118 and Australia romped to their target with 4.3 overs to spare.

The win levelled the three-match series at 1-1 ahead of Friday’s decider in Hyderabad.

India won the one-day international series 4-1.

Australia return home after this tour to prepare for the Ashes against England, beginning on November 23.

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Australian cricket team bus attacked in India with rock thrown through window, says batsman Aaron Finch

AUSTRALIA’s team bus came under attack in India, according to batsman Aaron Finch. The 30-year-old posted a picture on social media of a smashed window and said a rock was thrown at the vehicle. Finch described the incident that happened on the way back to the team hotel as “pretty scary”. He tweeted: “Pretty scary […]

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AUSTRALIA’s team bus came under attack in India, according to batsman Aaron Finch.

The 30-year-old posted a picture on social media of a smashed window and said a rock was thrown at the vehicle.

Aaron Finch said the Australian team bus was attacked in India
Twitter/AaronFinch5
Aaron Finch in action for Australia during their tour of India
Aaron Finch in action for Australia during their tour of India
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Finch described the incident that happened on the way back to the team hotel as “pretty scary”.

He tweeted: “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!”

Finch has played in India for many years with spells at six different teams in the lucrative Indian Premier League.

Australia beat India in the second T20 in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Aaron Finch said the team bus had a rock thrown at it on the way back to the team hotel
Aaron Finch said the team bus had a rock thrown at it on the way back to the team hotel
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Australia beat India in the second T20 in Guwahati to level the three-game series 1-1
Australia beat India in the second T20 in Guwahati to level the three-game series 1-1
AP:Associated Press

The hosts were dismissed for 118 and Australia romped to their target with 4.3 overs to spare.

The win levelled the three-match series at 1-1 ahead of Friday’s decider in Hyderabad.

India won the one-day international series 4-1.

Australia return home after this tour to prepare for the Ashes against England, beginning on November 23.

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Jonny Bairstow hits a century as England hammer West Indies by nine wickets to seal series 4-0

JONNY BAIRSTOW was the hero as his century fired England to a clean sweep over the West Indies. Eoin Morgan’s side cruised to a crushing nine-wicket victory over the visitors at Southampton, sealing a 4-0 triumph. Bairstow scored his second century of the series and finished 141 not out from just 114 balls. It means […]

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JONNY BAIRSTOW was the hero as his century fired England to a clean sweep over the West Indies.

Eoin Morgan’s side cruised to a crushing nine-wicket victory over the visitors at Southampton, sealing a 4-0 triumph.

Jonny Bairstow celebrates his 100
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Joe Root hugs hundred hero Jonny Bairstow
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Bairstow scored his second century of the series and finished 141 not out from just 114 balls.

It means the next time England take the field will be a two-day match in Perth in early November – the first of three warm-up games before the First Test.

With coach Trevor Bayliss intending to fly home to Australia in the next 48 hours, he and Joe Root have already been exchanging Ashes ideas.

They could add two players to the squad to compensate for the loss of all-rounder Stokes with the likes of Tom Westley, Liam Livingston, Jason Roy, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett and Steven Finn in the frame.

With the ECB likely to wait for any police action before deciding whether to take disciplinary action, Stokes and Alex Hales could remain in limbo for weeks or even months.

The pair were kicked out of all England teams on Thursday until further notice following the Sun video of the street fight and have been ordered by police to return to Bristol next week for further questioning.

England players celebrate an easy win over West Indies
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The hosts cruised to a nine-wicket win
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Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday on suspicion of actual bodily harm. Neither has been charged.

There was further fall-out from the scandal when the announcements of the England one-day squad for Australia, the England Lions party and the names of next year’s centrally-contracted players – all scheduled for next Wednesday – were delayed.

And a TV beer advert featuring Stokes in a pub was taken off the screens.

Greene King will continue sponsoring the England team but the ad, which also features Alastair Cook and ex-skipper Michael Vaughan, will no longer be shown. The ECB are worried other sponsors might consider their association with the team.

With Stokes and Hales missing, Roy took advantage for the second time in 48 hours.

The powerful Surrey batsman scored 96 from 70 balls following his 84 at the Oval on Wednesday. But he was distraught at again missing out on a century.

It shows that Roy, dropped at the start of the series, could slip back into the team on a permanent basis at the expense of Hales.

And Bairstow, who initially took Roy’s place, confirmed his success as a 50-over opener with another century that he made look ridiculously easy.

England breezed to their target with disdainful ease and 12 overs to spare.

Chris Gayle provided a spectacular start to the match by hitting successive balls from Jake Ball for 6, 6, 6, 6, 4 and 6 – that’s 34 runs in six deliveries, although not in the same over.

But he succumbed to a slower ball from ODI debutant Tom Curran and a fine, running catch at mid-off by Plunkett.

The Windies innings did not get going again until a late surge by Ashley Nurse brought 35 from the final 15 balls. Marlon Samuels chewed up 60 balls scoring just 32 runs.

Their total of 288-6 never looked remotely adequate as Roy and Bairstow breezed along and Root helped finish the job with a straight six.

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