Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has claimed that Ben Stokes should deliberately earn a suspension against the West Indies in the ongoing Test series. According to Hussain, this would help the prolific all-rounder avoid a ban during the Ashes this summer. Hussain also claimed that Australia will have a go at Ben Stokes with subtle little digs and this might lead to Stokes losing his temper. It may be recalled here that Ben Stokes is known to have a fiery temper.
In a column for the Daily Mail, Hussain wrote, “People know that Stokes has a fiery temper so will try to get him to react. This winter the Aussies will be going at him with subtle little digs around the bat, knowing that he’s liable to gob off and possibly get banned for a Test.”
“If I were (England captain Joe) Root I’d be tempted to tell him to get another demerit point during the third Test at Lord’s (against the Windies), so he’d reach the four-point threshold for a ban and miss two of the forthcoming one-day matches, for which he may have been rested anyway, rather than an Ashes game.”, he added.
Earlier, Michael Vaughan had also suggested that Australia might try to get Stokes banned. “What will Australia do this winter? They will wind Stokes up, and the Australian broadcasters will turn the volume on the stump mic right up to try to get him banned for a Test match.”, he had said.