England captain Root denies drinking culture in his team

Gay men come forward and say Ben Stokes protected them from homophobic thugs in Bristol street brawl

"He was a real hero", O'Connell told the newspaper.

With his participation in the upcoming Ashes still under a cloud following the brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol last month, controversial English all-rounder Ben Stokes found the backing of two gay men, who praised him for defending the duo from a homophobic attack that night. "If Ben hadn't intervened it could have been a lot worse for us".

Barry added that they could have "been in real trouble" had Stokes not stepped in, saying he was "a real gentleman".

The two men have spoken to police but it remains to be seen whether their claims help Stokes to make the trip to Australia, where the England vice-captain would have been his team's most important player.

The first of five Ashes Tests is scheduled to get underway in Brisbane on 23 November and England will face Western Australia and a Cricket Australia XI before that opening clash at the Gabba.

Root said critics only provided a greater motivation for the side to prove them wrong, and firmly rejected the "underdog" tag.

"That's between me and Ben, being brutally honest".

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"Ben offers a lot to the team, but it's an opportunity for other guys to stand up in a hard situation". This is one of those occasions.

"We've got to plan as if he's not going to be here and give ourselves the best chance".

Although a final decision on his involvement in the Ashes series has yet to be made, it is unlikely he will join his teammates when they depart for Australia on 28 October. In 2013-14, of course, England lost 5-0. Cook is England's all-time leading Test run-scorer (11,629 at 46.33) while Anderson (506) and Broad (388) are England's all-time leading Test wicket-takers.

Only Root, Cook and Bairstow have played a Test in Australia, while Gary Ballance was dropped during the last Ashes series and James Vince, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan have played a combined total of 17 Tests without scoring a century. Everyone does it in their own way, David Warner might want to chirp and get stuck in, other guys do it in completely different ways.

"He's a pretty good all-round player, you don't get to the top couple for no reason", Hazlewood said.

Joe Root, the first-time Ashes captain who led the team off the plane, will receive tougher grillings from the media and fans, too.

"I wouldn't say that's exactly how I go about it".

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