War of words has begun in the vicinity of Ashes 2017. Australian pace star Mitchell Starc has urged Aussie fans ‘to get stuck into’ English all-rounder Ben Stokes if he would at last make the trip for the Ashes.
Stokes, is yet uncertain to visit Australia this season following his arrest in Bristol last month. The ‘bad boy’ of England cricket was suspected of causing physical assault and harm during a brawl outside a night club. He is now under investigation.
England Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed Ben Stokes is not going to travel with rest of the squad members of England team in the later part of this month.
Starc said in Sydney Morning Herald, “You can only imagine. I guess I’d love if he was out here. I’d love for the Australian crowd to get stuck into him the way the Poms (English) get stuck into our blokes over there.
“Regardless of whether he’s here or not, I think the atmosphere is going to be great at all the grounds.
“I’m really looking forward to that atmosphere and if Ben is playing I’m sure it’s going to be hyped up and really loud. But I’m sure Ben knows how to cope with that sort of stuff if he does play,” he said.
Why not? Go for it. The Aussie boys will be backing you all the way in,” he said. “On certain people I think it can (affect their performance),” he said.
“For certain guys, if they’re copping it in the crowd they enjoy the banter, they give it back and really enjoy that atmosphere and that banter both ways with the crowd. Other guys will go into their shell and it might affect their cricket,” Starc said.