Former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff has offered his support to compatriot Ben Stokes after his chances of making the Ashes squad were dashed following an arrest in Bristol.
Stokes was caught on camera throwing multiple punches outside of a nightclub in Bristol during England's ODI series with the West Indies.
Stokes has been under fire from many in the cricketing world, with Michael Vaughan and Phil Tuffnell suggesting he should lose his status as vice-captain.
The 26-year-old has been suspended from international matches until further notice and is in danger of missing England’s Ashes campaign in Australia.
Flintoff himself wasn't immune from being involved in controversy during his career with the national side, and he hopes he can share his experiences to help Stokes bounce back from this setback.
"There’s a lot of people out there who want to help Ben," Flintoff told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I’m on that long list. We’ll have to see how it pans out.
"He’s a fantastic cricketer. It’s flattering when he’s compared to you but he’s so much better, let’s be honest.
"There’s a few things going on at the moment, I’ve only seen what everyone has seen. I’m not going to start commenting on that but Ben Stokes is such an exciting talent as a cricketer."
Stokes has been in good form this year with the bat, helping his team to multiple victories this year.
So much so that Stokes is likely to be offered a new central contract by the ECB, despite the fact he is indefinitely suspended with no return date yet set for the all-rounder.
Stokes had shone in the ODI prior to his arrest, making 73 off 63 balls in a 124-run victory for England.
With Stokes' indefinite suspension, his place in this winter's Ashes squad is in serious doubt as it is unknown when his suspension will be lifted, despite being named in the squad prior to his arrest.
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