Ben Stokes was desperate to get vice-captaincy back for Ashes 2019: Ashley Giles

The director of the England cricket team, Ashley Giles, has come forward and revealed that all-rounder Ben Stokes literally begged the England and Wales Cricket Board to reinstate him as the vice-captain after the role was taken away from him following a pub brawl in 2017.
Ben Stokes was desperate to get vice-captaincy back for Ashes 2019: Ashley GilesBen Stokes was desperate to get vice-captaincy back for Ashes 2019: Ashley Giles
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The director of the England cricket team, Ashley Giles, has come forward and revealed that all-rounder Ben Stokes literally begged the England and Wales Cricket Board to reinstate him as the vice-captain after the role was taken away from him following a pub brawl in 2017. 

Talking on a show on BBC, Giles stated that Stokes approached the ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and pestered him to get his role back. He was eventually named as the viec-captain of the team before the Ashes commenced.

"It is [an incredible turnaround]," said Giles. “This is one of the responses that we want to see, really.

"It was actually Ben Stokes who was badgering away as well about having the vice captaincy back, because this means so much to him. Not just the vice captaincy, but the Ashes series, Test cricket and he believes that as Joe [Root’s] right hand man he can deliver for him and he is demonstrating that pretty well at the moment."

Giles went on to add that Stokes' desperation and his maturity in the last one year as a cricketer after he was charged not guilty in the charges has helped the England side across formats. 

"He was desperate to do it. He really is one of your warriors when you take to the field. And he has demonstrated that a couple of times this year at least, and on two of the biggest stages in the World Cup final, and last week in the Test match. He is almost, when you write the team down, he is going to be your first name on the list."

Stokes too had earlier mentioned that the pressure of the responsibility is something that enables him to raise his game in crunch moments.

"I love having that responsibility," insisted Stokes, when he was appointed. "It is something that I thoroughly enjoy doing. I take pride in being vice-captain. Being part of that think-tank is pretty cool."

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