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Stokes with his father Ged, right, a rugby league international for New Zealand who dislocated his finger before a stint playing in England for Workington. It was later amputated, leading to Ben’s tribute, inset. It is a warm March night in Jaipur, India, and Rajasthan Royals are having a practice in the middle the day before their first match of this year’s Indian Premier League. Ben Stokes and Steve Smith send white balls arcing endlessly into the night sky with drives, pulls and slog sweeps. It is like being at a fireworks display. Every time that Stokes miscues one, he berates himself and bangs the bat on the ground in annoyance, then takes his irritation out on the next delivery. This... Full story

25 August