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Aussie captain bizarrely sledges Ben Stokes about Sir Richard Hadlee during Ashes

Australian captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine was happy to remind English all-rounder Ben Stokes of his heritage this morning on the final day of the first Ashes Test but the delivery of his banter was a bit underwhelming.

Stokes took to the crease midway through an English collapse as they attempted to survive the final day at Edgbaston for a draw, giving the NZ-born cricketer a chance to be the hero much like he was in last month's Cricket World Cup final against the Black Caps.

Realising the pressure was on, Paine was straight into Stokes after he got to the crease with a couple of sledges before he dropped a bizarre one-liner before lunch.

"Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Ben Stokes."

Paine's sledge, which was picked up by the stump mics, may have been a reference to the fact that both all-rounders were born in Christchurch or the fact Stokes turned down a nomination for New Zealander of the Year after his World Cup heroics.

Regardless, the gag may have actually worked with Stokes soon departing for six runs after Paine caught him off a superb ball by Nathan Lyon.

Australia went on to tear through the remainder of England's line up, winning the Test by 251 runs.


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