MSN UK – Ben Stokes has haunted the sleep of Australia captain Tim Paine as he frets over the problem of how to dismiss England’s inspirational all-rounder.
- Stokes’s 135 at Headingley two weeks ago levelled the series and turned this fourth Test at Old Trafford into a blockbuster.
- © Reuters Cricket – England Nets – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – September 3, 2019 England’s Ben Stokes during nets Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff Stokes will be afforded a hero’s welcome today the like of which is normally reserved at Old Trafford for James Anderson.
- Gallery: 2019 Ashes series: Best photos from the third Test (Photos)The burning of that review and Lyon’s failed run-out led Jofra Archer to suggest last week that Australia panicked when Stokes put them under pressure.
- © Getty MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 03: England player Ben Stokes reacts after being hit whilst batting during England nets ahead of the 4th Test match at Emirates Old Trafford on September 03, 2019 in Manchester, England.
- © Reuters Cricket – Australia Nets – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – September 3, 2019 Australia’s Steve Smith during nets Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff Steve Smith prepared for his Test return by wearing the stem guards on his helmet that he has found uncomfortable and claustrophobic.