Fast bowler Mitchell Starc wants Australian fans to “get stuck into” Ben Stokes in case he makes it to The Ashes. Stokes was arrested last month on suspicion of being involved in a bar brawl.
“You can only imagine. I guess I’d love if he was out here. I’d love for the Australian crowd to get stuck into him the way the Poms get stuck into our blokes over there. Regardless of whether he’s here or not, I think the atmosphere is going to be great at all the grounds,” Starc was quoted as telling Sydney Morning Herald.
“I’m really looking forward to that atmosphere and if Ben is playing I’m sure it’s going to be hyped up and really loud. But I’m sure Ben knows how to cope with that sort of stuff if he does play,” he added.
He also wants crowds to sledge England, with or without Stokes. “Why not? Go for it. The Aussie boys will be backing you all the way in,” he added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent