Stokes hits back at Australia drinks snub claim

England captain Ben Stokes has insisted hist eam did not snub Australia after reports they refused to have post-seriesd rinks with their Ashes rivals.

England beat Australia by 49 runs to win the fifth Test of the series at The
Oval on Monday.

Stokes’s side, who came from 2-0 down to draw the series 2-2, traditionally
join the opposing team in the dressing rooms to socialise at the end of a
Test campaign.

But reports in the Australian media suggested the tourists were left
disappointed as they waited to be invited into the England dressing room
before departing around an hour later.

England Test coach Brendon McCullum had already cast doubt on the socialising
when he said “I can’t imagine we’ll be having a beer with them any time soon”
following Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping by Australia’s Alex Carey
in the second Test at Lord’s.

England’s alleged snub was branded “pretty pathetic” by an unnamed source in
a Fox Sports Australia report.

But England claimed their post-series wrap-up went longer than usual due to
an extended presentation session that marked the retirements of Stuart Broad
and Moeen Ali.

And Stokes took to social media in the middle of the night to make it clear
there was no snub intended because England players eventually met up with
their Australian counterparts at a nightclub.

Responding to journalist Bharat Sundaresan, who had been reporting on the missed drinks, Stokes tweeted: “To clarify…Our wrap took longer than
expected because of multiple last time events. We decided to meet up in the
night club rather than the dressing room.”

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