England coach Trevor Bayliss urges Ben Stokes to make public apology

It’s just not cricket: Ben Stokes told to make public apology by England coach Trevor Bayliss as he plays football in training after being found not guilty at affray trial

  • Ben Stokes was rushed back to potentially play in the third Test against India
  • The England all-rounder was only cleared on a charge of affray on Tuesday
  • Trevor Bayliss hopes the incident in Bristol would be a ‘wake up call’ to Stokes 
  • It has not been decided whether Stokes will play against India at Trent Bridge

Trevor Bayliss has called on Ben Stokes to make a public apology for the behaviour that led to him facing criminal charges after an ill-judged night out.

The England coach was speaking at Trent Bridge on Thursday after Stokes was controversially rushed back to potentially play in the third Test against India on Saturday, even though he was only cleared on a charge of affray on Tuesday.

And Bayliss did not mince his words, saying he hoped the incident in Bristol would be a ‘wake up call’ to Stokes, revealing that the all-rounder had apologised for his behaviour to the team when he returned to play in New Zealand earlier this year and that he was convinced the players had ‘learnt their lesson.’

Ben Stokes  has returned to England training at Trent Bridge ahead of the third Test against India after he was found not guilty of affray at Bristol Crown Court earlier this week

The England star attempts to tackle Ollie Pope, who made his debut in the second Test

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But it was when asked if Stokes, who was pictured signing autographs for fans and playing football ahead of net practice on Thursday, should make a public apology to England fans that the Australian was most forthright.

‘Certainly,’ said Bayliss when asked if there should be an act of public contrition from Stokes. 

‘I think it was important to actually apologise to the boys in the team, management of the team and management at the ECB – who had to go through a lot of extra activities to work our way through it. I’m sure something will be forthcoming.’

Trevor Bayliss has urged Ben Stokes to issue a public apology for the Bristol nightclub incident

Bayliss hopes the incident in Bristol would be a ‘wake up call’ to influential all-rounder Stokes

Stokes warms up with his England team-mates ahead of net practice on Thursday afternoon

Stokes shares a laugh with England team-mate Jonny Bairstow in Nottingham

The 27-year-old signs autographs for England fans waiting in the stands at Trent Bridge

The all-rounder is back in England action after being acquitted of affray on Tuesday

Bayliss admitted that it was not yet certain whether Stokes would play at Trent Bridge until they had a look at him in training on Thursday to ascertain his state of mind.

And there remains the question of who could England possibly drop after their dominant performance at Lord’s saw them take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series with a man of the match performance from Stokes’ replacement in Chris Woakes.

‘Whoever is left out will be extremely unlucky, whether it is Ben or someone else,’ said Bayliss.

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