Sunday, September 15, 2019

Jeffrey Archer reveals concerns for England cricket team’s ‘future’ amid Ashes success | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Jeffrey Archer, 79, shared his fears for “future cricket stars” missing out on getting inspired by England’s success in the Ashes. The former politician addressed the issue in an interview with the Radio Times, as he called on the government to make the sporting event available for all to watch on terrestrial TV. Jeffrey wondered if some youngsters who do not have access to a Sky subscription in their homes could have the potential to become the next Ben Stokes, 28. The vice-captain’s heroic actions have led the England team to victory in numerous Test matches this year.

Jeffrey quizzed the publication: “Would one of those children have become the new Stokes, or gone on to captain their country? 

“I only ask because these same children were prevented from watching an Ashes that had Sky subscribers on the edge of their seats.”

He explained: “British television is rich in sporting crown jewels: the Olympics, the football and rugby world cups, the FA Cup final, Wimbledon and the Grand National, all of which are currently enjoyed on free-to-air channels by 95 per cent of the public. 

“But the Ashes, along with other Test matches, are behind a Sky paywall, potentially denying future generations of sport stars the chance to be inspired by present-day heroics.”

In spite of his excitement for the Fifth Test, the author admitted he can’t ignore his fears for the future of the national cricket team.

He added: “I can’t wait for the Fifth Test, but what about our future cricket stars, who will miss out?”

“What an innings from @benstokes38 here. #TheAshes on the line.”

An hour later Dan jokingly wrote: “THIS IS UNBEARABLE. Forget a knighthood… 

“If @benstokes38 does this… stand aside Charles… next king of England #ENGvAUS #TheAshes #Stokes #KingBen.”

Ben triumphed for the England team at Headingley as his unbeaten 135 led the Three Lions to tie the series 1-1 in the Third Ashes Test.

His efforts helped England to make an unexpected comeback , winning by a wicket finishing a 362/9 after their meagre first innings total of 67.

England are currently battling Australia in day four of the fourth Test.

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