England all-rounder Ben Stokes was cleared of affray by the Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday. He was included in the squad for the third test in the ongoing series against India.
But the former skipper, Micheal Vaughn didn’t seem that happy. He said the player should be given a warm reception and treated as a hero.
“He has brought the game into disrepute. Knowing the England cricket fans as I do, they will give him a reception. I don’t think he deserves that. He’s certainly not a hero, as some have portrayed him to be,” Vaughn told the BBC.
Vaughn who captained England from 2003 to 2008 went on to say that the Stokes should apologize to the fans. “I do think he owes many an apology. The cricketing fans around Ben will cheer him and love him. But most away from cricket don’t see him in a great light at all. He has to win back quite a lot of people in terms of the perception of what he is,” he said.
Vaughn also stressed he was surprised to see the player didn’t take a break after the trial.
“I can’t get my head around why he wouldn’t want to take a little bit of time off – even if England wanted him. He’s just gone through eight days in crown court.”
“I thought he might have wanted to take a bit of a breather from the game – to just step back, assess what’s gone on and be close to his family. They’re the ones who have been put through a hell of a lot over the last 10 months,” he added.
The British media treated Stokes as a hero for his performance in the first game. He took three crucial wickets including the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli that helped England defend a small total and win the test by 31 runs.
England are 2-0 ahead in the test series.
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