ECB cools speculation about Stokes being cleared for the Ashes

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Ben Stokes leaves Christchurch Airport after flying to New Zealand from England

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has played down rumours that all-rounder Ben Stokes has been cleared to join his team-mates in Australia for the Ashes after he was spotted as Heathrow Airport.

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India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4: Ashwin quickest to 300 Test wickets as India annihilate Sri Lanka

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Ravichandran Ashwin took out Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath and Lahiru Gamage

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Ravichandran Ashwin speared through Sri Lanka’s batting line-up with a four-wicket haul to help India claim a mammoth innings and 239-run win and a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

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Australia vs England 1st Test Day 5: Warner, Bancroft hand Australia 1-0 lead

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Cameron Bancroft (left) and David Warner celebrate after leading Australia to victory

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Australia openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft scored 87 and 82 not out respectively to guide their side to a convincing 10-wicket win over England on the final day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

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Bairstow: Headbutt incident has been ‘blown completely out of proportion’

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Jonny Bairstow: “There was no intent, no malice about anything during the evening”

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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has insisted that reports of him headbutting Australia opener Cameron Bancroft have been “blown completely out of proportion”.

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