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Ben Stokes took a cigarette break to calm nerves before WC final Super Over

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All-rounder Ben Stokes played a pivotal role in England winning their first ICC men’s World Cup trophy, on this day, last year. His match of the match performance in the summit clash stunned New Zealand as the hosts were declared the winners on boundary count rule after regulation time and Super Over both ended in a tie.

Stokes’ inspirational knock of 84* off 98 deliveries helped England force the match into Super Over, in which both teams scored 15 runs each off six deliveries.

It has now been revealed that Stokes took a cigarette break to calm his nerves before the Super Over. He ran inside the shower to clear his head before the most important over in the history of England cricket.

“Finding a quiet spot as the frenzy of the Super Over approached was hard in a ground packed out with 27,000 supporters and television cameras following the players from the middle, through the Long Room and up the stairs to the dressing room,” authors Nick Hoult and Steve James wrote in the book titled ‘Morgan’s Men: The Inside Story of England’s Rise from Cricket World Cup Humiliation to Glory’ as according to the excerpt published by stuff.co.nz.

“But Ben Stokes had played at Lord’s many times. He knows every nook and cranny. As Eoin Morgan tries to bring calm to the England dressing room and sort out their tactics, Stokes nips off for a moment of peace.

“He is covered in dirt and sweat. He has batted for two hours and 27 minutes of unbelievable tension. What does Stokes do? He goes to the back of the England dressing room, past the attendant’s little office and into the showers. There he lights up a cigarette and has few minutes on his own.”

Stokes returned to score eight runs of England’s 15 in the Super Over and then Jofra Archer helped the hosts restrict New Zealand to the same score. England were awarded the cup as they had scored more boundaries than New Zealand in the match (26-17).

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Cricket Australia mull moving Boxing Day Test from traditional MCG home

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Cricket Australia is mulling the option of moving the Boxing Day Test from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state of Victoria.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Adelaide has emerged as a potential host.

The report says that CA chairman Earl Eddings has called for a rare convening of the national cricket cabinet next week to talk about how the game’s $300 million season will go ahead.

A senior cricket official told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that there is no way the current schedule can go ahead as planned with the current state border restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, Cricket Australia had said that the current schedule is subject to change and there are plenty of options being considered, including the use of hubs for the Tests against India and the Big Bash.

Last month, it had said it is working towards preparing Adelaide Oval in such a way that Australia and India cricketers get the best training facilities during the quarantine period before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy scheduled to be played later this year.

The four Tests of the much-anticipated series are currently scheduled to be held at Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG and the SCG respectively starting December 3.

CA acting chief executive Nick Hockley had stated that Adelaide Oval is similar to Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford, where players can stay at an on-venue hotel and prepare themselves for the matches.

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Mike Tyson using electric muscle stimulation to treat pain in training camp

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson is returning to the ring to fight Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout on September 12. The 54-year-old has said that he is using a therapy that simulates his muscles using electric shock to treat the pain that develops during training.

In a clip that was shared on the video sharing app triller that is part of Tyson’s series in buildup to the fight, he showed fans a sneak into his training camp and that involved a special machine operated by his strength trainer Brad Rowe.

“”I’m getting ready to get rejuvenated. This is the electrician. I couldn’t do this (training) without that, my joints would be all f***ed, no way,” said Tyson as he got hooked up to the device.

“I’d be retired. Listen, before he got on the scene and it was good, but then there was pain. Those pains came back and I said, ‘Wow, this is why I retired, this is why I stopped boxing.’ And then I got this (machine). I mean, you can’t believe this s***, man.”

Rowe says that it is a “neuromuscular stimulator.”

“It’s a DC current, it’s essentially enhancing our body’s signal to recruit more muscle fibres. So you’re saving wear and tear on the joints and tendons. As well as improving strength and performance,” Rowe says in the video.

“I got a text out of the blue saying that his back was sore, come down to Newport and work with him.

“And I told him one day, ‘Mike, let me get on you with the machine before you get in the ring. Let me see how much better you perform.’ Literally within 30 seconds in the ring both him and his boxing trainer just stopped and looked at me. They’re like, ‘What the hell did you just do?'”

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England vs Pakistan 1st Test: Masood lone ranger for Pak as Eng make merry

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Shan Masood on Thursday showed composure of highest order but batters around him did not have an answer to England’s bowling firepower as Pakistan were left reeling at 187/5 at Lunch on Day 2 of the first Test being played at the Old Trafford.

Opener Masood continued to graft on the second day as he reached 77* from 225 balls (10×4) but his overnight partner and highly-rated batter Babar Azam departed for 69, failing to add to his score from Wednesday. Resuming the day at 139/2, Babar was enticed into a false drive by James Anderson who had him caught at first slip by hosts’ skipper Joe Root.

Asad Shafiq (7) followed suit soon after as Ben Stokes took a superb catch at second slip off Stuart Broad’s bowling to get rid of the new batsman.

Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan tried to play watchfully alongside Masood at the other end but half an hour before the end of the first session, Chris Woakes did him with a wider from the crease delivery that caught Rizwan’s edge of the bat and flew to ‘keeper Jos Buttler.

Earlier on a rain-marred opening day, Pakistan — after electing to bat — reached 139/2 before umpire called Stumps due to bad light in the third session which saw only eight overs of play.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 187/5 at Lunch (Shan Masood 77 batting, Babar Azam 69; Chris Woakes 2/28) vs England

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