BOTHAM'S UP FOR BEN.
TWO winters ago, Ben Stokes was arrested for abusive behaviour and obstructing police.
Last winter, he was sent home in disgrace from the second-string England Lions tour to Australia because of persistent late-night drinking.
This winter, Stokes has scored a magnificent century in only his second g y y Test match - a shining light amid the devastation of England's shambolic Ashes campaign.
The 22-year-old scores hundreds, he bowls on the brisk side of fast-medium, he carouses and he raises hell.
These are fine traditions to be upheld among English all-rounders. Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff must be proud of the lad.