England opening batsman Keaton Jennings thanked team-mate Ben Stokes for a "humbling" donation as he looks to raise money for cancer research.

Jennings had his head shaved for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday and easily surpassed his initial target of £3000.

A number of Jennings' county and international colleagues pledged their support by making donations, with Stokes' contribution receiving particular praise from the 26-year-old.

England internationals Dom Bess, Olly Stone, Mark Wood and Sam Curran were among those to donate to the cause, with Jennings revealing all-rounder Stokes had made a hefty addition to the total.

"A special mention to Ben Stokes for donating 50 per cent of the total raised up to today," Jennings posted on Twitter.

"Your support for me and the campaign is absolutely humbling!! Thank you so much my brother."

Jennings also received support from two-time Winter Olympic skeleton gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold.

 

Ben Stokes' punishment for his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017 was not "brushed under the carpet", insists England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison.

All-rounder Stokes was this month handed an accumulative eight-match ban by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC), a body independent from the ECB, which also related to an inappropriate video.

However, it was ruled that Stokes had already served all of those matches and was free to continue playing.

Stokes was found not guilty of affray at trial in August and spoke at the time the sanction was announced of how he is looking forward to playing "without this hanging over me".

And Harrison is adamant the punishment was a "serious" one.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "We have an independent body making these judgements, they are qualified people and this has been a proper process.

"The sanctions handed down are serious, this is not something that's been brushed under the carpet.

"Ben is a key part of the Test and ODI team but I don't think that's got anything to do with the sanctions which have been handed down - the processes have been separate and deliberately so."

Stokes missed five months of England matches, including the 2018-19 Ashes series in Australia, while the investigation was ongoing and was also handed a £30,000 fine by the CDC.

But Harrison says the Durham star can still be a role model.

"Ben is a leader in the England team," he added.

"I do think he can [be a role model] - he's been through a year that will serve as a constant reminder of how quickly things can go wrong if you allow them.

"He's got great people around him, he's got good support structures and I'm sure he's learnt a lesson."

 

Ben Stokes says he has learned his lesson after being handed a backdated ban following his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

Stokes was given an accumulative eight-match ban by the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC] that also covered a second charge in relation to an inappropriate video but it was deemed that he has already served all of those, leaving him free to continue playing.

The England all-rounder, who was found not guilty of affray at trial in August, said in a statement that he is now looking forward to playing cricket "without this hanging over me".

"Everyone will now be aware that the CDC disciplinary proceedings have now concluded and I accept the decision of the panel," he said.

"I had entered guilty pleas to bringing the game into disrepute much earlier in the process and I want to thank the panel for their time and consideration now that the hearing has ended.

"The criminal charges and, subsequently, the disciplinary charges have made it difficult to make public comment about the issues.

"I have already apologised to my team-mates, coaches and support staff for the consequences of my actions in Bristol.

"I regret the incident ever happened and I apologise to England supporters and to the public for bringing the game into disrepute. I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this process.

"Cricket and family are my life. This incident has been a huge burden for the last 15 months.

"I am relieved to get back to playing the game that I love without this hanging over me.

"Although the disciplinary process is now over, I have learned lessons that will stay with me for much longer."

Hales was also present at the incident, which occurred several hours after England's ODI against West Indies in Bristol, and has been given a six-match white-ball ban, which incorporates a second offence of inappropriate images.

The remaining four matches of Hales' sanction are suspended for 12 months.

"I am relieved today's decision by the CDC means this chapter is now closed and I can move on with my career," said Hales.

"There is no doubt I fell below the high standards expected of an international sportsman and that was the reason for my decision to admit the charges and accept the punishment handed down.

"More than anything, I sincerely apologise for putting myself in a position which allowed these very regrettable incidents to happen.

"The next year is obviously an important one for England. I would love to be part of a squad that wins the World Cup in front of our own fans and I will be doing everything in my power to make that dream come true."

Stokes has also been fined £30,000, with Hales given a £17,500 penalty, £10,000 of which is suspended.

England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been handed backdated bans following their involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

Stokes was given an accumulative eight-match ban that also covered a second charge in relation to an inappropriate video but it was deemed that he has already served all of those.

The remaining four matches of Hales' six-match white-ball ban, which incorporated a second offence of inappropriate images, are suspended for 12 months.

All-rounder Stokes has also been fined £30,000, with Hales given a £17,500 penalty, £10,000 of which is suspended.

Stokes was charged with affray following the incident in Bristol, where Hales was also present, several hours after England's ODI against West Indies in the city.

The 27-year-old missed the third Test with India to face trial in August, but was found not guilty by a unanimous 12-person jury verdict. He returned to help England complete a 4-1 series win.

He also played all three Tests as England won 3-0 in Sri Lanka last month.

The two players admitted the charges brought against them by the Cricket Discipline Commission. 

Ben Stokes has laughed off Sanjay Manjrekar's claims that he is taking all the credit for the work of his England team-mates.

England defeated India 4-1 earlier in the year and then completed a historic 3-0 clean sweep in Sri Lanka, bouncing back impressively from a 4-0 Ashes drubbing and a series defeat in New Zealand - the first of which Stokes missed following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

Stokes has played a key role since returning to the side and head coach Trevor Bayliss said the "exemplary" Durham all-rounder is "the first pick" on the team sheet in his eyes.

Yet Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India, appears to feel Stokes is being given too much credit, posting an analogy on Twitter that compared the 27-year-old unfavourably with "hardworking chefs" Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Ben Foakes.

"So you have these hardworking chefs who have made a great dish," Manjrekar wrote. "Someone comes and puts a little garnish on top and he gets all the credit.

"Moeen, Leach, Foakes are those poor chefs and Stokes the one with the garnish."

But Stokes was swift to respond, replying with a snoring emoji: "We don't care about personal credit - and garnish is pointless on all food anyway. We care about winning.

"It's a team sport and we won as a team. 3-0. Cheers Sanjay."

Stokes is due to face a disciplinary hearing with the England and Wales Cricket Board next month, despite having been acquitted of an affray charge in court in August.

Ben Stokes has behaved in an "exemplary" manner since his return to the England team, according to head coach Trevor Bayliss.

Adil Rashid sparked a dramatic Sri Lanka collapse and claimed career-best figures on day two of the third Test to leave England scenting a whitewash in Colombo.

A second-wicket stand of 142 between Dimuth Karunaratne (83) and Dhananjaya de Silva (73) put Sri Lanka on course for a first-innings lead after England were bowled out for 336 on Saturday.

Joe Root dropped Karunaratne and Dhananjaya on two and 42 respectively, so the captain must have been a relieved man after Sri Lanka capitulated from 173-1 to 240 all out.

Rashid (5-49) generated sharp turn to claim a second five-wicket Test haul thanks in no small part to Keaton Jennings, who took four catches at short leg - two of which were out of the top drawer.

Ben Stokes took 3-30 in a hostile spell as Sri Lanka folded in the final session and England were three without loss at stumps, leading by 99 and strong favourites to secure a 3-0 win.

The tourists added just 24 runs after resuming on 312-7, Moeen Ali falling for 33 and Lakshan Sandakan (5-95) completing a five-wicket haul with Rashid left unbeaten on 21.

Recalled paceman Stuart Broad was denied an early wicket when Root failed to snaffle a chance in the slips, Karunaratne breathing a sigh of relief as the ball ran away for four.

A moment of brilliance from Jennings gave Jack Leach a breakthrough, the opening batsman moving himself into the line of Danushka Gunathilaka's shot and somehow holding on under the helmet.

The positive Dhananjaya struck Leach for back-to-back boundaries when the spinner dropped strayed in line and length, Sri Lanka taking lunch on 74-1.

Dhananjaya was given a life when a juggling Root put him down to leave Broad frustrated again and the partnership passed the 100 mark when he swept Moeen to the boundary.

Karunaratne and Dhananjaya looked increasingly comfortable after bringing up their half-centuries, the number three finding the ropes eight times before Jennings took a more straightforward catch to finally end a long stand.

Rashid and Jennings combined again to see the back of Karunaratne just after tea and Stokes was rewarded for an excellent spell when Ben Foakes took a fine catch to remove the dangerous Angelo Mathews.

The procession of wickets continued, with Jennings showing lightning fast reactions to pluck a one-handed catch to dismiss Roshen Silva before Niroshan Dickwella was strangled down the leg side off Stokes. 

Foakes was treated for a finger injury but remained behind the stumps as Sri Lanka fell to pieces, Kusal Mendis edging Rashid to Stokes at first slip.

Rashid could do no wrong, running out Sandakan with a direct hit and trapping Malinda Pushpakumara leg before after Stokes struck again, with Jennings and Rory Burns seeing off four overs in what could be a decisive final session.

Jonny Bairstow made a brilliant sixth Test century on his return to the England side but Lakshan Sandakan took four wickets as Sri Lanka fought back on day one in Colombo.

Bairstow was overlooked for the second match of the series after being ruled out of the opener due to an ankle injury, but grasped his opportunity at number three on Friday.

The 29-year-old played with the sort of fluency and assurance the tourists have been lacking at such a troublesome spot in the order, crafting a composed 110 before England closed on 312-7 as they eye a 3-0 whitewash.

Bairstow put on 100 with Joe Root (46) for the third wicket and added 99 with Ben Stokes (57) for the fourth in good batting conditions.

Sandakan took 4-91 on a largely frustrating day for Sri Lanka, who paid the price for using up their reviews early on when Stokes should have gone leg before without scoring.

England lost both openers cheaply after Root won yet another toss, Rory Burns bowled attempting to cut Dilruwan Perera and Keaton Jennings caught by Roshen Silva at short leg off Malinda Pushpakumara.

Bairstow and Root steadied the ship, the Yorkshire duo playing the sweep with authority and latching onto anything short as they took the score on to 102-2 at lunch.

Captain Root – a centurion in the second Test – was not at his eye-catching best and threw his wicket away when he top-edged to Danushka Gunathilaka slog-sweeping Sandakan.

A sweep brought up a 76-ball half-century for Bairstow and Sri Lanka were left to rue a lack of reviews when Stokes was rapped on the pads in front by Dilruwan, umpire Chris Gaffney keeping his finger down when the ball would have struck middle stump.

Stokes looked uncertain at the start of his innings, but the runs start to flow for the all-rounder, who reverse-swept Sandakan for four and launched Dilruwan for a straight six.

Bairstow continued to tick along nicely and was unruffled when Sri Lanka thought he had been strangled caught behind down the leg side by Dilruwan.

Fine footwork allowed Stokes to superbly dispatch Dilruwan over the ropes for a second time before reaching his half-century from 78 balls and Bairstow swept the spinner for a couple to move into the 90s after England took tea on 197-3.

A dog stopped play with Bairstow on 98, but he was soon barking out a huge roar to celebrate reaching three figures with another sweep.

Sandakan ended a long stand when Stokes edged a sharply turning delivery to Dhananjaya de Silva at first slip and the same bowler cleaned up Bairstow soon after he should have been given lbw.

Moeen Ali was dropped by Niroshan Dickwella on two and put down by Dilruwan Karunaratne after the all-rounder successfully reviewed an lbw decision in the same Dilruwan over. 

Pushpakumara removed Ben Foakes late in the day and Moeen was still there on 23 at the close after overturning another leg before decision from Dilruwan with what proved to be the final ball of the day.

England have made the tough call to leave Jonny Bairstow out and name an unchanged team for the second Test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Wednesday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow missed the first match of the series, a game England won impressively by 211 runs in Galle, after suffering an ankle injury during the limited-overs leg of the tour.

His absence offered an opportunity to Ben Foakes, who marked his international debut by scoring a century in the first innings while also impressing with his work behind the stumps.

Captain Joe Root had already announced Foakes would retain his place but Bairstow - who averages 37.19 in his Test career - has also missed out on selection as a frontline batsman in Pallekele, with England opting to go with the same XI.

"Having had a good look at the surface today, we feel the side that won the first Test will give us the best opportunity for us to get something out of this Test," Root said on the eve of the match.

"The surface is dry and it will spin. The balance of the team is ideal for these conditions. We can also adapt, if the situation dictates, as we showed in Galle."

Root confirmed the fit-again Bairstow was available and, despite being left out on this occasion, still remains an "integral" part of the team's plans.

"[Coach] Trevor [Bayliss] and I have spoken to him about finding the right balance for this Test with the conditions we are expecting," he added.

"He understands the situation and is aware that we have to pick the side that are best suited to conditions we can expect. It is unfortunate that he missed out through injury in the first Test.

"He is an integral part of our plans and is a key member of our core squad and his experience around the group is important."

However, while it will be the same XI on duty, England's skipper revealed there will be alterations to the batting order, with Ben Stokes pushed up to number three and Jos Buttler to come in at five, one spot ahead of the demoted Moeen Ali.

"We are in a fortunate position that many in the side could bat in that position," Root said. 

"Ben's technique is sound and he will be able to adapt to this role. He is one of the fittest guys in the side, so the intensity of batting in the top order and bowling as one of our three seamers will not faze him.

"If we feel that he has done a tremendous workload with the ball, then we can adapt and alter the order if it's necessary, but I don't expect that to happen.

"Ben is relishing the added responsibility of doing a job at three."

Keaton Jennings crafted a long-awaited century as dominant England piled on the runs before declaring late on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Jennings had not made an international hundred since his debut against India almost two years ago, but scored a magnificent unbeaten 146 on another one-sided day.

The opener was under pressure to prove he merits a place in the side and he delivered on Thursday, carrying his bat as England declared on 322/6 to set Sri Lanka 462 to win.

Jennings - who would have been out for 58 if Sri Lanka had reviewed an LBW appeal - and Ben Stokes (62) combined for a century stand on a gruelling last day in the field for retiring spinner Rangana Herath (2-59).

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw Sri Lanka through to 15 without loss at the close, but they will be praying for rain as England have two days to complete a first away win in over two years.

Rory Burns (23) failed to cash in on a good wicket when England resumed in a commanding position, Karunaratne ending an opening stand of 60 with a direct hit when the debutant went for a quick single.

England were 74/3 after Moeen Ali struck Dilruwan Perera (2-94) straight to Herath, who then claimed the scalp of captain Joe Root caught behind in the veteran spinner's final international.

Jennings brought up his half-century with one of many sweeps and had a stroke of luck when he was given not out when trapped in front by Dilruwan but Sri Lanka opted not to review.

Stokes went on the attack in the afternoon session, disdainfully launching Dilruwan and Akila Dananjaya for six before slapping the latter through the covers to reach his half-century.

The all-rounder smashed another Dananjaya off-break over the ropes again to bring up the century stand, but was bowled by a peach of a Dilruwan delivery which pitched outside leg stump and hit off.

Jos Buttler (35) showed his usual aggressive intent by dispatching Dananjaya for a straight six and had a life from the following delivery, while Jennings continued to find the gaps before the runs dried up when he moved into the 90s.

The opener finally punched the air and jumped for joy after working Dananjaya into the leg side for a single to take him to three figures just after tea. 

Dananjaya took more punishment when a Jennings drive struck him on the thumb as he attempted to take a sharp caught and bowled chance before Buttler became Herath's 433rd and final international victim.

Ben Foakes (37 from 34) was in great touch after his first-innings hundred on debut, using his feet superbly to hit Dilruwan for six and strike Dananjaya for back-to-back maximums.

Jennings and Foakes put on 61 for the sixth wicket before the wicketkeeper-batsman holed out and the Sri Lanka openers prevented any damage from being done following Root's declaration.

Jos Buttler "feared the worst" for Pathum Nissanka after he took a blow in England's disrupted tour match draw with a Sri Lanka Board XI, where Ben Stokes also suffered an injury scare.

Captain Eoin Morgan made another half-century and Adil Rashid claimed 4-36 as England went 2-0 up in their series with Sri Lanka following a seven-wicket win in a rain-reduced third one-day international. 

Mike Brearley hopes Ben Stokes' trial can serve as a warning to young cricketers about the dangers of becoming embroiled in off-field issues. 

England have included uncapped seamer Olly Stone in their squad for the ODIs with Sri Lanka, while Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will also be part of the touring party despite their upcoming hearings. 

England internationals Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

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