England vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Ben Stokes Dons Special Graham Thorpe During Toss Against New Zealand

England vs New Zealand, 1st Test: Ben Stokes Dons Special Graham Thorpe During Toss Against New Zealand

Ben Stokes Dawn's special Graham Thorpe during the toss against New Zealand

Ben Stokes donated a jersey with Graham Thorpe’s name and Test cap number.Twitter

In a shocking gesture, England Test captain Ben Stokes came out for the toss in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s, wearing a jersey bearing the name and test cap number of former batsman and batting coach Graham Thorpe. There are those who are seriously ill and are being treated. Stokes, a hospital spokesman, said in a statement that he had spoken to his wife and was grateful for the family’s privacy.

“Unfortunately, Graham Thorpe is unwell and is in the hospital,” Stokes said.

The former batsman, currently 52, represented England in 100 Tests between 1993-2005, scoring 6,744 runs at an average of 44.66 and 16 tonnes. Batsmen were a major part of the English Test team from the mid-1990s to the early 2000’s.

After retirement, Thorpe had a brief stint in the media, after which he coached. She took a position at Sheffield Shield in New South Wales in 2007, after which she joined the coaching setup of the England team. He initially joined the team as a batting coach and later worked as an assistant coach to Chris Silverwood. His tenure with England ended when he, along with Silverwood and former cricket director Ashley Giles, were sacked after a 4-0 defeat to Australia in the 2021-22 Ashes.

Thorpe was recently announced as Afghanistan’s new head coach after joining the England coaching setup for a decade, ending with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Australia in the Ashes.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. At the moment his innings is going on.


Both the teams are playing a series of three Test matches, the next Test match will be played from June 10 and the last Test from June 23. The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23.

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