Ben Stokes: Ashley Giles & Chris Silverwood back all-rounder after allegations
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The management group of england has reiterated support for Ben Stokes following allegations of a physical altercation with his spouse.
Pictures published on Tuesday appeared to show Stokes with his hands in an awards ceremony on spouse Clares face.
Managing director Ashley Giles stated:I have spoken to Ben and Clare, for me there was nothing in this incident.
And in his first news conference coach, Chris Silverwood explained Stokes asa leader within the group.
All-rounder Stokes, 28, was named Professional Cricketers Association player of the year at the ceremony at London, after playing a pivotal role as England won the World Cup for the very first time, then hitting on a magnificent unbeaten 135 to win an outstanding Headingley Test match from the Ashes.
Pictures printed in the Guido Fawkes website showed the England participant on his wifes face at the event at the Roundhouse in Camden on 2 October.
Stokes afterwards insisted it wasso far removed from that which it was, while his wife wrote on Twitter whichcrap allegations had been made to acrazy story.
Asked about the episode, Giles said at Thursdays news conference:A picture tells a thousand words, unfortunately theyre not necessarily the correct ones.
Ben remains somebody who has done a great deal for English cricket this season and somebody who has turned his life around in two decades, thus we can continue to support him, Giles informed BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.
Last year, Stokes was found not guilty of affray following a battle near a Bristol nightclub at September 2017.
Of the awards service controversy, Silverwood informed Agnew:Ben and Ive got a fantastic relationship and Im looking forward to working with him moving ahead.
He is a pioneer within that group and what we have observed this summer was inspirational.
Before this week, when the allegations first surfaced, the England and Wales Cricket Board said it was satisfied there was aninnocent circumstance to the pictures.
Giles insisted that England bowling coach Silverwood, that headed Essex to marketing and then the County Championship, was the right person to replace Trevor Bayliss.
At some stage we have to break that cycle. When do we give someone from inside the opportunity to lead our teams? Giles said.
Chris has all of the excellent ingredients of becoming a very great trainer, the turnaround he made at Essex was astonishing.
Giles, who included that Paul Collingwood was near to finalising a permanent transfer to combine the coaching set-up, included:I think one voice is very important at the exact top. We will have some very good assistants under Chris who can provide different voices, perspectives and a diversity of thinking but having one guy in the top who chooses responsibility is important to me.
Former Yorkshire and Middlesex bowler Silverwood, who played six Tests and seven one-day internationals for England between 1996-2002, stated :The players understand where the buck stops and it is important that is the situation. Youve got one guy that can objectively look at both tournaments (white and red ball) and also make sure the ideal support is about both types of players.
Im stepping back just a tiny bit, there has to be that gap between the players but you still try and keep being close enough which you could help them and they can come to you.
Englands batting has been this year including 67 at the Ashes from Australia, 85 from Ireland in Lords and 77 in the West Indies.
Asked whether there could be a more conventional, less attacking strategy, he explained:I would not need to call it old fashioned, but there will certainly be a emphasis on batting time and getting the correct people in the ideal places to do this – and out of a bowling standpoint that relentlessness we saw from the Australians that summer – will we get this right to our bowlers so where we are on earth weve got a choice of getting wickets?
On the topic of eventually replacing Englands leading two Evaluation wicket-takers James Anderson, 37 and Stuart Broad, 33, he added:I expect it is not too soon because theyre fantastic bowlers, but certainly theres to be some forward going regarding wholl take over.
Obtaining these messages to the county game to make sure the men have got the skills and when they get to us its not a surprise is obviously paramount.
Analysis and opinion from the BBCs cricket correspondent.