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Ben Stokes 'devastated about injury'

Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes says he is "devastated" about an injury that has ruled him out of England's third Investec Test against Pakistan.


Cumbrian cricket star ruled out of England squad

Cumbrian cricket player, Ben Stokes, has been replaced on the England Squad due to a knee injury.

The England all-rounder has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, with Chris Woakes taking his place.

Stokes will miss the test match on his home ground at Durham. There is currently no timescale for how long the 24-year-old will be unable to play.

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NZ radio hosts suspended over Stokes row

Ben Stokes Credit: PA

Two radio hosts in New Zealand have been given a one-day suspension after broadcasting a rant from Cockermouth cricketer Ben Stokes’ mother- without her permission.

Deborah Stokes phoned the Auckland-based radio station to make a complaint against the two presenters, who had been mocking Stokes for his performance in the World T20 final.

She was told that her call was off-air, however she was actually put through to the on-air studio and the row was broadcast live.

In the phonecall, Mrs Stokes says she's “totally brassed off” by the way the presenters talked about her son.

"It's not even about the cricket. It's about the personal attack on him. They called him arrogant and then they called him some sort of name. They don't know him! They wouldn't have a blooming clue."

– Deborah Stokes talking on the radio

The presenters have been taken off-air for one day as a result.

Read about the messages of support for Ben Stokes following the defeat, here.

WATCH: Life of Borders man celebrated in new book

An author has published a book telling the tale of a man from the Scottish Borders who made big waves in South Africa in the 19th Century.

James Logan was one of the most important figures in building the British Empire, but his achievements have widely gone unrecognised.

Born in 1857 in the Scottish Borders village of Reston, he emigrated as a teenager, made his fortune in the diamond trade and played a key role in developing the game of cricket.

Now Dean Allen, the author of a book about his life called 'Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa', has visited Reston to share Logan's story.

Matty Sutton has this report.

Stokes' thoughts with Cockermouth after double century

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Credit: PA

Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes spared a thought for his former hometown, Cockermouth, which has been affected by flooding, after scoring a stunning double century against South Africa.

He was speaking in his post match press conference:

Cockermouth has been through this three or four times now. I grew up there as a kid, went to school, spent a lot of time there and I've still got really good mates there.

They're going through a really big rebuilding stage throughout the whole town so it's nice to know I've been able to put a few smiles on some faces who have probably had a tougher time that I am out here."

– Ben Stokes
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