Ben Stokes can play centre-half for Newcastle United next week: Manager Steve Bruce

The game was thought over after they reduced to 286 for 9, still needing 73 runs. Stokes then joined hands with Jack Leach and did the impossible by smashing eight sixes and helped England win the game.
Ben Stokes can play centre-half for Newcastle United next week: Manager Steve BruceBen Stokes can play centre-half for Newcastle United next week: Manager Steve Bruce
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The manager of football side Newcastle United, Steve Bruce, who watched how English cricketer Ben Stokes scripted history as he scored one of the best hundreds in Test cricket on Sunday to help his team win a stiff game, joked that the player could turn out for his football team as a centre-half. 

Stokes, who is a Newcastle fan, had slammed an epic 135 as the hosts were chasing 359, to help draw level in the series 1-1. Newcastle also stunned Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0 in the English Premier League on the same day to get their first win in the season. 

"I don't know what was more nervous. The last 10 minutes of the cricket or this (match). Ben Stokes can play centre-half for us next week that's for sure," Bruce said tongue in cheek, as quoted by ESPNFC.

"How wonderful it was to watch. (The cricket) was just on. They (Newcastle) had gone for a warm-up and there's nothing you can do then. I usually sit and read the programme.

"But how could I not watch? The kitman was running around ... saying 'We need 27, we've got to put it on.'

"It was wonderful entertainment, worth watching. It was better than reading the programme that's for sure."

England started Day 4 of the match on the backfoot, and the game was thought over after they reduced to 286 for 9, still needing 73 runs. Stokes then joined hands with Jack Leach and did the impossible by smashing eight sixes and helped England win the game. It was their second highest total in the fourth innings of a match.

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