X

Wednesday 22
January

Cricket

Stokes expecting fireworks

31st July 2019, 06:47 by Michael Holland

Ben Stokes has noticed a change in the Australians but says tensions will still be high when the Ashes action gets underway.

In the aftermath of last year's sandpaper scandal that resulted in Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all receiving year-long suspensions, Australia have been working hard to clean up their act.

On the eve of the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston, Stokes says he has noticed a difference already, but believes the Ashes will not lack any fireworks when the action finally gets underway.

"It is weird Aussies trying to be nice to you," he said with a smile after rain forced England to train indoors at Edgbaston.

"But I think once you get out in the middle and cross the white line the real competitive side of both teams will come out. The Ashes are the biggest Test series played in the world. There is always something that happens between teams in Ashes series and I don't think this will be any different.

"Both teams are desperate to win, both sets of players are desperate to perform because Ashes series are where you get looked at. It is where you are scrutinised or criticised more or if you do well you get more praise.

"Everyone knows that as well, all 22 guys know that, so I can assure you there will be some sort of theatre that goes on out there."

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.

More Cricket

Cricket

Thorpe hopeful over Archer and Wood

22nd January 2020, 16:46

Jofra Archer looks ready to play in the fourth Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, but Mark Wood may miss out for England.

Cricket

Du Plessis rested rather than dropped

22nd January 2020, 12:23

Cricket South Africa's independent selector Linda Zondi is adamant Faf du Plessis has not been dropped from the one-day team.

Cricket

Stewart targeting further success with Kent

21st January 2020, 16:00

Grant Stewart is targeting further success with Kent after putting pen to paper on a new two-year contract.

Cricket

Skipper's praise for young duo

21st January 2020, 13:47

Ollie Pope and Dominic Bess have been praised by skipper Joe Root for their efforts in England's third Test victory over South Africa.

Cricket

Suspension came as a surprise to Rabada

21st January 2020, 13:24

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada says he was surprised to be handed a ban for his action when celebrating the dismissal of Joe Root.

Cricket

Du Plessis dismisses talk of retirement

20th January 2020, 15:03

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has confirmed he has no plans to retire until after this year's T20 World Cup in Australia.

Recent Sport Headlines

Burnley

Manchester United 0-2 Burnley

22nd January 2020, 22:37

Manchester United’s top four hopes were dealt a blow as Burnley claimed a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Norwich City

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Norwich City

22nd January 2020, 22:19

Tottenham Hotspur marked the return from long-term injury of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris by edging to a 2-1 win over visiting Norwich City.

Leicester City

Leicester City 4-1 West Ham

22nd January 2020, 22:19

Leicester City lost star striker Jamie Vardy to injury but were still able to secure a comfortable 4-1 victory at home to lowly West Ham.

Southampton

Southampton ace Redmond staying grounded despite recent results

22nd January 2020, 20:07

Southampton winger Nathan Redmond says his team will not be looking too far ahead despite their impressive victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

Southampton

Saints stand form on Adams amid reports of failed Leeds bid

22nd January 2020, 20:07

Southampton reportedly have no intention of letting Che Adams leave this month and are understood to have turned down a fresh approach from Leeds United.

Everton

Everton striker Kean excited for the future

22nd January 2020, 20:07

Everton striker Moise Kean says he can now kick on and show his best form after netting his first goal for the club.

Formula 1

Racing Point to reveal 2020 challenger in Austria

22nd January 2020, 19:45

Racing Point have announced plans to unveil their car for the 2020 Formula 1 season on February 17 at an event in Austria.

Manchester United

Fernandes agent expects United target to be on the move soon

22nd January 2020, 19:31

Bruno Fernandes' agent says the Sporting Lisbon midfielder will move on in 2020 as Manchester United continue to push for a January switch.