Ben Stokes donned a jersey bearing the title and Check cap variety of Graham Thorpe.© Twitter
In a heartwarming gesture, England Check Captain Ben Stokes walked out for toss within the first Check towards New Zealand at Lord’s sporting a jersey bearing the title and Check cap variety of former batter and batting coach Graham Thorpe, who’s significantly sick and receiving therapy at a hospital. Stokes additionally stated on the toss that he spoke to his spouse and is grateful for the privateness the household has acquired thus far.
“Sadly Graham Thorpe is unwell and within the hospital. Spoke to his spouse and she or he was grateful and grateful for the privateness the household has acquired,” stated Stokes.
The previous batter, at the moment 52, represented England in 100 checks between 1993-2005, scoring 6,744 runs with a median of 44.66 and 16 tons. The batter was an important a part of the English check staff from the mid-Nineteen Nineties to the early 2000s.
After retirement, Thorpe had a short stint in media, after which he took to teaching. A stint in New South Wales in Sheffield Defend in 2007 adopted, after which he joined England’s staff teaching set-up. He initially joined the facet as a batting coach and later labored as an assistant coach to Chris Silverwood. His stint with England ended after he, together with Silverwood and former Director of cricket Ashley Giles was sacked after a 4-0 loss to Australia within the Ashes 2021-22.
Thorpe was just lately introduced as the brand new head coach of Afghanistan after involvement within the England teaching set-up for a decade, which got here to an finish after a 4-0 loss to Australia in The Ashes.
Coming to the match, New Zealand received the toss and opted to bat first. Their innings is at the moment in progress.
Each side are taking part in a three-Check collection, with the subsequent Check match set to happen from June 10 and the ultimate one from June 23 onwards. The collection is part of the ICC World Check Championship 2021-23.
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