Joe Root warns Ben Stokes to be at his ‘best behaviour’ ahead of first Test against New Zealand

  • England captain Joe Root warns Ben Stokes to be on his best behaviour when he takes the field in Eden Park for the 1st New Zealand vs England test match. 
  • Ben Stokes will start the match with 3 active ICC demerit points and one more in the near future could lead to a one-match ban. 
  • Ben Stokes IPL 2018 will be with the Rajasthan Royals, who managed to purchase the mercurial all-rounder for the sum of INR 12.5 crores. 

After a successful ODI series, England will now take on New Zealand in a 2-match test series starting on 22nd March at Eden Park in Auckland. The 1st test match between New Zealand vs England will be the 1st ever day-night test match on New Zealand soil. Speaking ahead of the match, English captain Joe Root, took quite a bit of time out to talk team-mate Ben Stokes, who will be making a return to the longest-format of the game following a period on the sidelines due to a suspension. Ben Stokes was involved in a brawl last year in September in Bristol, which had forced the ECB to suspend him for future selection. Ben Stokes court had found him guilty of affray but upon on further hearing, he was cleared to rejoin the national team. After being the record signing in last years auction, Ben Stokes IPL 2018 will start with the returning Rajasthan Royals who paid a staggering INR 12.5 crores to get his services.

Ben Stokes is one demerit point away from earning a match-ban by the ICC

Joe Root made it clear in the pre-match press conference of the New Zealand vs England Test, that Ben Stokes will need to stay within the lines of the game otherwise it could lead a hefty punishment. The all-rounder will start the 1st test match with 3 active ICC demerit points that he managed to earn over the course of the last 2 years. According to the ICC laws, Stokes is just one more demerit point from a receiving a one-match ban. If Stokes manages to come in the line of sight of the ICC or ECB, then Ben Stokes IPL 2018 campaign could also suffer.

The issue surrounding banning players came to the forefront this week following Kagiso Rabada‘s disciplinary hearing in ongoing South Africa vs Australia test series. The pacer was given a two-match ban following his shoulder rubbing incident with Australian captain Steven Smith. However, this week Rabada was cleared to play in the 3rd and upcoming test match after a successful appeal.

As reported by ESPN, speaking about Ben Stokes situation ahead of the New Zealand vs England test match, Joe Root said, “You’re always aware of that. You want to make sure, not just that [your players’ behaviour] is sitting well with you, but they’re able to be on the field for the next game and next series.

“I’m sure there might be a bit of noise about that after what’s happened [to Rabada] – about demerit points and missing games. He’ll have to be on best behaviour.”

Asked whether he thinks that it is the captain’s responsibility to look after the discipline in the team, in the wake of the controversy surrounding David Warner and De Kock off the field incident, Joe Root said, “For me, it’s your team and you want to make sure you’re heading up this team, and if it’s portraying an image of something you don’t like then I suppose that’s on you.”

New Zealand vs England 1st test match will start on 22nd March (Thursday) at 6:30 AM IST/ 1:00 AM GMT. Ben Stokes court case is expected to run for some more time before the issue is fully settled, the all-rounder will most likely miss the first test match against India in the summer due to a hearing in Bristol. Ben Stokes IPL 2018 could bring back some of the lost respect that he had managed to garner since making his debut for England. There is no doubt that Ben Stokes is one of the best all-rounders in the world right now and on talent deserves to walk into any team in the world right now.

READ: Complete IPL Schedule and Time Table for 2018 Indian Premier League.

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