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PremierLeague-News.Com - Ben Stokes has told his side that this week they are 'entertainers, not sportsmen' as they look to complete a 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand at Headingley

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PremierLeague-News.Com - Ben Stokes has told his side that this week they are 'entertainers, not sportsmen' as they look to complete a 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand at Headingley

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22 June 2022 - 17:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! After last week’s spectacular win against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Ben Stokes has given his team a simple message ahead of the final Test in Leeds: “This week you’re entertainers, not sportsmen.”The intoxicating nature of that series-sealing victory in Nottingham, when England gave a masterclass in “Bazball” to chase down 299 in exactly 50 overs on the final day, has got the new regime of coach Brendon “Baz” McCullum and captain Stokes off to the perfect start. McCullum admitted on taking this job last month he felt it was England’s duty to revive the ailing format of Test cricket.The New Zealander has an almost evangelical zeal when he speaks about the topic and the way his team played on the final day at Trent Bridge, in front of a full house that would have had many new converts among those who had snapped up the free tickets on offer, could not have been any more entertaining. Indeed, those who witnessed it were treated to an exhilarating display of power hitting from Jonny Bairstow in the final session that saw the Yorkshireman smash England’s second-fastest Test century, in 77 balls.More from CricketNetherlands series has placed Eoin Morgan's future in even more doubt as poor run continues19 June, 2022The key numbers behind England's record-breaking ODI innings against Netherlands17 June, 2022Morgan unsure over future as England begin 2023 World Cup preparation against the Netherlands16 June, 2022This week, according to Stokes, the challenge is to go one better. “I’ve said to the players this week, let’s try and think like we’re in the entertainment business rather than the sporting business,” he said. “There’s a reason why 20,000 people came out to watch us on the final day at Trent Bridge last week.“So I set a challenge to the team to be even more fearless, positive and aggressive than last week.”Not that entertainment is the only thing on Stokes’ mind, not with a 3-0 whitewash of the world champions up for grabs. How to watch Match: England vs New Zealand, third TestVenue: Headingley, LeedsStart time: 11amTV/live stream: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket, with coverage from 10am. You can also stream the action on Sky Go, or with a NOW pass. “Yeah, it’d be amazing, “said Stokes. “We want to walk away winning the series 3-0 because it does sound better than 2-1. But, as I said to the lads before we started training today, the result will look after itself this week. Let’s carry on what we’ve been doing the last two weeks.”Stokes certainly delivered on the entertainment front in his last appearance at Headingley – against Australia in 2019, when he hit that unforgettable unbeaten century to carry England to a dramatic one-wicket Ashes Test win.Asked to elaborate on what being cricket’s great entertainers means, Stokes said: “What you saw last week on that day five is exactly what it was. For us it was a matter of just chasing the runs down not how many overs there were. And that’s what we’re doing this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw something similar to what Johnny did last week.”England will have to do their entertaining this week without their all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson, who is being rested with an ankle issue ahead of the standalone Test against India that starts at Edgbaston a week today. Matchbox England team: AZ Lees, Z Crawley, OJD Pope, JE Root, JM Bairstow, BA Stokes (captain), BT Foakes (wicketkeeper), SCJ Broad, J Overton, MJ Leach, MJ Potts New Zealand (probable): TWM Latham, WA Young, KS Williamson (captain), DP Conway, HM Nicholls, DJ Mitchell, TA Blundell (wicketkeeper), N Wagner, MJ Henry, AY Patel, TA Boult Umpires: M Erasmus (South Africa), R Kettleborough (England) TV umpire: A Dar (Pakistan) Match referee: D Boon (Australia) Pitch: Flat. An archetypal “chief executive’s pitch” Weather: 27 degrees, sunny It means a debut for Jamie Overton, who is the only change to the XI that won in Nottingham, denying him and brother Craig the opportunity to become the first twins to play for England.“Unfortunately, Jimmy’s not pulled up as well as we would have liked,” said Stokes. “So, Jamie Overton’s going to make his debut this week.

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. I’m not too sure how serious it is to be honest. He’s just got a bit of a puffy ankle.”Stokes, who has overcome the illness that saw him miss training on Tuesday, has been impressed with Overton’s form for Surrey: “He fills a different role from Jimmy, but to have someone in your back pocket who can bowl 90 miles an hour is big for us,” he said.Yorkshire claim clean slate but racism issues are unresolvedWhen you walked around Headingley on the eve of this third Test against New Zealand, it appeared to be business as usual. Yet everyone knows it is anything but following a seismic few months that has severely damaged Yorkshire’s reputation.In an alternate universe, this exciting new-look England Test team who have vowed to win over a new generation of fans would be getting ready to play the final match of this series at Southampton, or Cardiff or maybe the Oval? In fact, they’d be playing it anywhere other than Headingley, the epicentre of the racism scandal that rocked English cricket last winter following the allegations made by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq.The toxic nature of the claims made by Rafiq – beamed across the world when the 31-year-old bravely retold his experiences to a parliamentary committee last November – saw sponsors cut ties with Yorkshire in droves.One of those, ground sponsor Emerald publishing, has since been replaced by the Indian media firm Clean Slate Studio. As a piece of marketing the ground’s new title – Clean Slate Headingley – is a masterstroke.Yet this is far from a clean slate for a club who only last week were charged by the England & Wales Cricket Board with disrepute – along with seven individuals – in relation to the Rafiq scandal.More on Azeem RafiqAzeem Rafiq calls for public hearings as Yorkshire County Cricket Club charged in racism probe15 June, 2022Counties are still burying their heads in the sand over racism, insists Rafiq11 February, 2022Racism in cricket goes far beyond Yorkshire and it's up to all of us to bring change14 January, 2022With the hearings into those charges expected in September or October, this whole affair will drag on into the autumn.It should also be noted that earlier this month former head coach Andrew Gale and five other staff members won unfair dismissal claims against the club after they were sacked following the initial media storm sparked by Rafiq’s appearance in Parliament.The whole thing is a mess that has been handled poorly. Yet Yorkshire, initially stripped of their right to host internationals this summer, will welcome close to sell-out crowds for the first four days of this Test after the ECB was satisfied by governance changes made by new chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel.Not that it was plain sailing. Those governance changes were held up by a group of influential individuals who felt, according to Lord Patel, that the club was “being sacrificed on the altar of Black Lives Matter”.The changes did eventually go through, seeing Headingley’s status as an international venue reinstated.However, there does appear to be a head-in-the-sand attitude towards what has happened.It’s telling that Yorkshire failed to put any senior figures at the club up for media duties over the past two days, missing the chance to address the issue in advance of this Test.Instead, it was left to the two captains to field questions on the issue – something that they wouldn’t have had to deal with had someone at Yorkshire spoken in advance of the match.England’s Ben Stokes tried his best to say something meaningful: “It’s been incredibly sad to see what has unfolded and I can only hope something positive comes out of it. There is no place for racism or discrimination in sport or in society.”New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, who has spent four summers at Yorkshire, most recently in 2018, added: “I was here for a few brief stints. There were some issues that were made aware more recently and you can only hope there is healing, and the awareness that is created, there’s positives to come out of it.”

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