LONDON: Ben Stokes must “grow up” or risk damaging his international career, former England captain Nasser Hussain has warned after the star all-rounder was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm
The Durham player was Wednesday included in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour of Australia despite being dropped for the fourth one-day international against West Indies at The Oval following his arrest in Bristol early on Monday.
England national selector James Whitaker told the BBC that Stokes, who was released without charge but is under investigation, would remain in his position of vice-captain to Test skipper Joe Root.
But ex-England skippers Hussain and Michael Vaughan say the 26-year-old needs to take responsibility for his actions, especially with the high-profile Ashes tour looming.
“Ben Stokes has the world at his feet and is well on the way to becoming a very special — not to mention very well-rewarded — cricketer,” Hussain wrote in the Daily Mail. “But he cannot keep flirting with the self-destruct button while getting himself into such damaging scrapes.
“It has reached the point where it could damage the career of a potentially great England cricketer. He has to learn to walk away or not put himself into an environment where this can happen.”
“Ben Stokes has to grow up,” he added.
The bottom line is, for all the advice and support he will be receiving right now, it’s down to him. He just has far too much going for him to throw it all away.”
Stokes has found himself in trouble in the past.
He was arrested and cautioned in 2011 for obstructing police on a night out and sent home from an England Lions tour to Australia in 2013 for flouting a ban on late-night drinking. – AFP
Story first published: 27th September 2017