Two months on from his acquittal in court on an affray charge, England all-rounder Ben Stokes has spoken candidly about how his mind is set on a big year for English cricket in 2019.
His arrest in September 2017 led to a court appearance which kept him out of England’s second Test against India at Lord’s, while he also missed the Ashes series Down Under last winter as the ECB waited on the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision on whether they had enough evidence to proceed to court.
But after a jury returned a not guilty verdict and criminal proceedings were at an end, the ECB notified Stokes he will face a disciplinary commission in December where he, and teammate Alex Hales, will defend themselves against a charge of bringing the game into disrepute.
Eager to move onto the next chapter of his career, the Durham all-rounder was clear on his thoughts.
“Look, it’s all about looking forward now. Looking at things that went on is not the way I like to think about things,” he said.
“It’s all about looking to the future. Everything I do from here onwards is what people will hopefully remember. That’s what I’m trying to do.
“We’ve got a huge summer coming up with the Ashes and the World Cup so I’m fully focused on that. With them both being in England it’s really exciting.”
Stokes played in all five of England’s ODIs against Sri Lanka, a series Eoin Morgan’s side won 3-1.
If you’re clear on who you think will win the Cricket World Cup next summer have a peek at these guys
This article was brought to you by The Cricket Paper, the UK's best-selling cricket publication, on-sale every Friday.
To subscribe to The Cricket Paper CLICK HERE
Tagged Ben Stokes
Editorial Offices: 020 8971 4333
Alex Narey, Executive Editor
020 8971 4336 email@example.com
Adam Ellis, Web Editor
ADVERTISING AND MARKETING
Sam Emery, Head of Sales
020 8971 4337 firstname.lastname@example.org
Edd Paul, Advertising Executive
020 8971 4335 email@example.com
Neil Wooding, Trade Marketing Manager
020 8971 4339 firstname.lastname@example.org