Ben Stokes shirt NO. 564 and GED 500 mark on his shoes

ENG vs NZ LIVE – Ben Stokes Golden Heart: Ben Stokes struggled on opening day of as England’s captain but still won millions of fans with his GOLDEN GESTURE. Stokes decided to wore SHIRT No 564 to pay tribute to ‘SERIOUSLY ILL’ former England batsman & coach Graham Thrope. Stokes also paid tribute to his late father. His shoe spotted GED 500 mark as a special gesture for his late father: Follow England vs NewZealand LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN.

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  • Stokes wore No. 564 kit in support of Thorpe during the toss
  • A GED 500 embed shoes were also the highlight after paying tribute his late father
  • The first day also saw an astonishing run of play with 17 wickets
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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: England captain Ben Stokes walks out for the toss ahead of day one of the First LV= Insurance Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

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So why did Stokes wear No. 564 kit at toss? –

Thorpe played exactly 100 Test matches for England between 1993 and 2005 and also worked as a coach with the national team for around a decade, only leaving his role as assistant coach in February following the Ashes. Last month, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) announced that Thorpe was “seriously ill” in hospital.

“Graham Thorpe has recently fallen seriously ill and is currently in hospital receiving treatment. His prognosis is unclear at this stage and we ask for privacy for him and his family at this time,” read a statement released by Thorpe’s family.

“Our thoughts are with Graham and his family,” Stokes said at the toss.

Stokes paid tribute to Thorpe at the coin toss, wearing an England shirt with Thorpe’s name and cap number (564) instead of the traditional blazer.

Stokes pays his fitting tribute to father –

England capatin Ben Stokes went through a tumultuous phase in recent times, which saw him lose his father Ged to cancer. Stokes struggled to recover from a broken finger and also took a break from the sport to preserve his mental health.

Stokes had his fair share of struggles in the past couple of years and has put them behind after taking over reigns as skipper.

His trainers featured Ged 500 and his familiar hand gesture where he bends his middle finger at the knuckle and raises it aloft in honour of the finger his father lost during his rugby career.

ENG vs NZ 1st TEST: Why did Ben Stokes wore shirt NO. 564 and spotted GED 500 on his shoes? Check REASONS

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: Ben Stokes of England looks on during the first Test between England and New Zealand

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Stokes takes over full-time captaincy on a mix Day 1 –

  • On an action-packed Day 1 of the Lord’s Test, it was the bowlers who made the headline as New Zealand were reduced to 132 runs in their first innings.
  • Matty Potts and James Anderson were firing on all cylinders with four wickets each.
  • The Titanic Kiwi collapse was then followed by another collapse as England too hesitated to make an impression as they were reduced to 116/7 at Stumps.
  • Stokes ended the day with one wicket and a solitary run as the hosts still trail by 16 runs.

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