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Ashes 2019: Newcastle United Boss Offers Stokes Centre-Half Position

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce joked that he was willing to play Ben Stokes as a centre half after the England all-rounder's epic century sealed a one-wicket victory over Australia in the third Ashes Test on Sunday (August 25).

Reuters |August 26, 2019, 5:45 PM IST
Newcastle United managed Steve Bruce. (Source: Twitter)

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce joked that he was willing to play Ben Stokes as a centre half after the England all-rounder's epic century sealed a one-wicket victory over Australia in the third Ashes Test on Sunday (August 25).

Stokes, who lives in Durham and is a Newcastle fan, smashed an extraordinary unbeaten 135 as the hosts chased down a record target of 359 in dramatic fashion to level the five-match series at 1-1.

Bruce's side went on to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the Premier League on the same day for their first win of the season and the 58-year-old said he had spent the final few minutes before kickoff in London watching Stokes' match-winning knock.

"I don't know what was more nervous. The last 10 minutes of the cricket or this (match). Ben Stokes can play centre half for us next week that's for sure," Bruce told a news conference.

"How wonderful it was to watch. (The cricket) was just on. They (Newcastle) had gone for a warm-up and there's nothing you can do then. I usually sit and read the programme.

"But how could I not watch? The kitman was running around ... saying 'we need 27, we've got to put it on'. It was wonderful entertainment, worth watching. It was better than reading the programme that's for sure."

Newcastle host Watford in the league on Saturday.

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