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Ben Stokes doesn’t need to be bad boy of England cricket, says Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann has urged Ben Stokes to bring out the best in him as a cricketer after the nightclub brawl incident.

cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2017 20:48 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Cricket - England Nets - Brightside Ground, Bristol, Britain - September 23, 2017 England's Ben Stokes during nets Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra(Action Images via Reuters)

Former cricketer-turned-commentator Graeme Swann says Ben Stokes does not need to be the ‘bad boy’ of England cricket. Stokes, the England vice-captain, was recently arrested for one night for causing ‘bodily harm’ in a nightclub at Bristol.

The incident involving Stokes took place on Sunday night after England defeated West Indies in the third ODI. Stokes was arrested after the brawl and was later released without any charges.

However, Stokes, who has had a long history of controversies on and off the field, was named in England’s squad to take on Australia in the Ashes 2017-18 Down Under.

England are likely to take action against the maverick cricketer after the incident on Sunday night, reports claimed.

On his part, former England spinner Swann has said that Stokes should be doing the right things. “He doesn’t need to be the bad boy of England cricket. He needs to be Ben Stokes world superstar,” Swann was quoted as saying by BBC’s Test Match Special.

The all-rounder has fractured his hand in the brawl that took place at the club named Mbargo. He will remain England’s vice-captain for now while an internal enquiry probes the matter ahead of the Ashes.

“Right now is not the time to comment on what may or may not happen from a disciplinary point of view,” Strauss was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“At the moment, I am speaking to the players individually to get their accounts of what went on on Sunday night. There is a disciplinary protocol in place as part of their conditions of employment, and we need to follow that for all players who may be subject to disciplinary proceedings, including Ben,” Strauss added.

Stokes was suspended from the fourth ODI on Wednesday between England and West Indies.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 20:48 IST