New England Test captain Ben Stokes shows support to Graham Thorpe


ENG vs NZ 1st Test: Follow New Zealand Tour of England Live Updates – The new Test skipper of the England team, Ben Stokes ditched the age-old tradition of wearing a blazer for the toss of a Test match on Thursday, where his team took on New Zealand at the Lord’s. Instead, he showed support to former England cricketer Graham Thorpe, who is currently seriously ill, by wearing a special shirt. Follow ENG vs NZ 1st Test live updates and New Zealand Tour of England Live Updates with InsideSport.IN.

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Notably, former English cricketing great Graham Thorpe recently fell ill and is now admitted to a hospital. Showing support, Stokes wore a shirt that said ‘Thorpe 564′, which was the Test cap number of the former cricketer.

ENG vs NZ 1st Test: New England Test captain Ben Stokes ditches AGE-OLD tradition to show support to AILING Graham Thorpe – Watch Video

This marked the very first instance where the captain of an England team did not don a blazer for a Test match’s toss. Speaking on the gesture, he said “This shirt is on behalf of me and the team to show support for Thorpey and his family. We all love Thorpey and he means a hell of a lot to us.”

Meanwhile, the Professional Cricketers’ Association recently released a statement regarding Thorpe’s health, which said “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. Our thoughts are with Graham and his family.”

ENG vs NZ 1st Test: New England Test captain Ben Stokes ditches AGE-OLD tradition to show support to AILING Graham Thorpe – Watch Video

Meanwhile, New Zealand won the toss and skipper Kane Williamson decided to bat first. Check out the playing XIs and current points table of the 2021-23 ICC World Test Championship:

ENG vs NZ 1st Test Playing XIs:

England – Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Ben Foakes(w), Matty Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

New Zealand – Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult

2021-23 ICC World Test Championship Standings

Pos Team Matches Won Lost Drawn NR Points PCT
1 Australia 8 5 0 3 0 72 75.0
2 South Africa 7 5 2 0 0 60 71.43
3 India 12 6 3 2 1 77 58.33
4 Sri Lanka 6 3 2 1 0 40 55.56
5 Pakistan 7 3 2 2 0 44 52.38
6 New Zealand 6 2 3 1 0 28 38.89
7 West Indies 7 2 3 2 0 30 35.71
8 Bangladesh 8 1 6 1 0 16 16.67
9 England 13 1 7 4 1 18 12.5

 

ENG vs NZ 1st Test: New England Test captain Ben Stokes ditches AGE-OLD tradition to show support to AILING Graham Thorpe – Watch Video

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