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Bayliss salutes Stokes return

28th November 2018, 00:26 by Michael Holland

England head coach Trevor Bayliss has praised Ben Stokes and says he has learnt a lesson following his off-field issues last year.

The all-rounder was forced to miss the Ashes tour last winter following his arrest after a night out in Bristol, but is now back in the fold and is looking better than ever.

Stokes was a key player in the recent 3-0 series win over Sri Lanka and Bayliss has hailed his effort and application to the game.

"To see him bowl the ball and then chase the ball all the way to wide mid-on to save it, that's commitment, that," Bayliss said. "He's a madman. How many other blokes in the world would you see do that? No one. And that says a lot.

"I got into the lift a couple of nights ago after dinner on the third day and he was getting out. He'd just come back from the gym! That's how hard he works. He deserves everything he gets from the game.

"You can throw the ball to him, you can put him in any situation with the bat, you can put him where the ball is coming in the field. For me, he's the first pick. His averages may not be the greatest in each of his positions. But you add those three disciplines together, it adds up to one hell of a player."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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