England’s Ben Stokes pays a touching tribute to his father Ged exactly a year after his death

England’s Ben Stokes pays a touching tribute to his father Ged exactly a year after the previous New Zealand rugby league worldwide’s death, as he and his team-mates additionally bear in mind Eileen Ash after her death on the weekend aged 110

  • Ben Stokes returned to England cricket exactly one-year after his father’s death
  • Stokes’ father Ged handed away on December 8, 2020 after a brain most cancers battle
  • The England star returned after a six-month ‘indefinite break’ from cricket
  • Stokes wore a black armband with ‘568’ on it for Wednesday’s first Ashes Test
  • The ECB confirmed the quantity is Ged’s New Zealand rugby league cap quantity 











Ben Stokes paid a touching tribute to his late father Ged on the one-year anniversary of his death, by carrying a black armband devoted to him on his return to England Test obligation on the primary day of the Ashes. 

Stokes made his England Test return after on Wednesday when he got here out to bat towards Australia in Brisbane, almost six months after he introduced he was making an ‘indefinite break’ from cricket to get better from a finger damage and deal with his psychological well being.

Stokes got here to the crease carrying a black armband with the quantity ‘568’, which the ECB have confirmed is his father’s cap quantity when he represented New Zealand’s Rugby League crew in 1982. 

Ben Stokes wore an emotional black armband as a tribute to his late father who died a year in the past

Stokes had the quantity 568 on his black armband which was his father’s cap quantity for New Zealand Rugby League

Ged – who handed away on December 8, 2020 following a battle with brain most cancers – made one worldwide cap for the Kiwis throughout his rugby career. 

On Tuesday, Stokes made a social media tribute to his father to mark one year since his passing, claiming he didn’t know if he would return to the sport this year.

‘I wasn’t certain if I might ever stroll out onto a subject ever once more a few months in the past,’ the Instagram publish learn. ‘I discover it superb that once I do stroll out (on Wednesday). 

‘I’ll be remembering you exactly 1 year on because you left us. You are gonna be with me this entire week.’

Stokes’ (proper) dad Ged (left) handed away after a battle with brain most cancers on December 8 2020

All of the England gamers wore armbands for the beginning of the primary Test wiht Australia this week to mark the passing of 110-year-old participant Eileen Ash – who was the oldest England Test cricketer earlier than her death was introduced on Saturday.

Right-arm medium bowler Ash appeared in seven Test matches for England within the Thirties and even toured Australia – like the present England males’s squad are doing now – within the following decade. 

But it was day to overlook for England’s cricketers on the Gabba on Wednesday as Joe Root’s England collapsed for 147 in a disappointing begin to their Ashes tour. 

All of England’s gamers wore black armbands on Wednesday’s Ashes Test with Australia

England’s stars remembered the late Eileen Ash (left), England’s oldest Test participant, who died aged 110 on Saturday

Opener Rory Burns fell within the first ball of the collection to Mitchell Starc’s clear bowl of his off stump, whereas captain Root and Stokes had been additionally dismissed in a disappointing collapse to 29-4. 

Despite one of the best efforts of Haseeb Hameed, Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope – the latter two reaching a 50 partnership between them after lunch – Pat Cummins hit a five-for on his debut as Australia captain to breach by way of England’s batting line-up.

Heavy rain delayed Australia taking the crease, with the gamers but to return to the sector as of 6.15am GMT on Wednesday morning. 

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