Ben Stokes: England all-rounder would ‘swap’ World Cup-winning year for father’s health


Ben Stokes’ father Ged travelled to South Africa from his home in Contemporary Zealand to ogle his son play within the four-match Take a look at sequence
South Africa v England, 2d Take a look at
Venue:Newlands, Cape MetropolisDates:3-7 JanuaryBegin time:08:30 GMT
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Ben Stokes says he would exchange every thing he executed in his World Cup-profitable twelve months to peek his dad “happy and healthy”.

Stokes’ father Ged, 64, spent Christmas in intensive care in a South African successfully being facility after changing into ailing days after arriving within the nation to ogle his son play within the four-Take a look at sequence.

“To view out the twelve months with my dad in successfully being facility has assign issues into perspective,” Stokes, who spent Christmas Eve at his father’s bedside, wrote inthe Deem.

“At the pause of essentially the most memorable of years I am finding it moderately onerous to sum up 2019 correct now. There fill been some unattainable highs and a few precise lows.”

Stokes, who became awarded an OBE within the Contemporary Yr’s Honours list and voted BBC Sports activities Personality of the Yr in December, added: “If someone can also converse, ‘I will remove every thing a ways off from you that took space closing summer, but your dad is happy, healthy and watching you play cricket’, then I’d converse, ‘Yeah, swap it’.”

The Durham all-rounder carried outa key part in England’s World Cup victoryand scored an improbable match-profitable centurywithin the Ashes Take a look at at Headingley.

Stokes Sr has “got a come to recede” in retaining along side his son, who is at expose in Cape Metropolis with England as they prepare for the 2d Take a look at which starts on Friday aiming to soar lend a handfrom a heavy loss within the sequence openerin Centurion.

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“Luckily the build he’s now to the build he became when he went in has been an unattainable turnaround,” Stokes mentioned.

“If there might be a obvious to remove it is that we were all together to uncover via it as a family.

“The foundation became for the family to utilize Christmas together because we hadn’t carried out that for seven years and it’s going to also fair fill been in a successfully being facility room but we were all together.”

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