Ben Stokes posted a video of himself doing catching practice by bouncing a tennis ball against his house wall and also wrote a hilarious caption to go along with it.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ben Stokes did some catching practice by bouncing a tennis ball against his house wall
  • Stokes has been using everything at his disposal at home to keep himself ready for cricket after the lockdown
  • 18 pacers shortlisted by the ECB returned to training for the first time amid the Covid-19 crisis on Thursday

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is yet to officially resume training as part of England and Wales Cricket Board’s individual sessions but that hasn’t stopped him from using whatever resource at hand to do some practice at his home.

Stokes found a new way to do some catching practice using a tennis ball and his house wall in Durham.

The 2020 ICC Player of the Year posted a video of himself doing catching practice by bouncing a tennis ball against his house wall and also wrote a hilarious caption to go along with it.

“Throw throw throw your ball gently against your house…if ya smash a window don’t forget to run away from your wife and get used to eating and sleeping outside,” Stokes wrote.

The ECB has shortlisted 18 pacers for individual sessions across seven county grounds throughout the United Kingdom.

England pacer Stuart Broad and all-rounder Chris Woakes were among the 18 cricketers who were the first to return to individual training on Thursday.

Broad even posted a video on Instagram in which he showed himself taking his temperature with a digital thermometer at home before uploading the result to an app.

Then, he sanitised his training kit and drove off to the stadium, where he was given a designated car parking space.

Given the threat, the ECB has provided the pacers with their own set of balls, and Broad used them as he rolled his arm over on a single pitch with no batsman or wicketkeeper. There was a physiotherapist, though, to help him with his training under the new set of guidelines.

“So much work has gone on behind the scenes to make this possible. Thanks to all the people @englandcricket & @trentbridge who have been involved, I really appreciate it. Felt great to be back out there having a bowl. Loved it,” Broad wrote on his Instagram account.

The cricketers also had individuals rest rooms marked for them.

All cricketing activities in England have been suspended since mid-March due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

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The Delhi government has sent 1.32 lakh migrants, including 1.2 lakh from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, to their home towns through Shramik Special trains, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia (File Photo)

The Delhi government has sent 1.32 lakh migrants, including 1.2 lakh from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, to their home towns through Shramik Special trains, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday.

He said over 4 lakh migrants have so far registered on the Delhi government’s website to go back to their native places in different states.

“So far, around 1.32 lakh people have been sent through Shramik Special trains under the special arrangements by the Delhi government. These include 1.20 lakh from Bihar and eastern UP districts,” Sisodia said in a tweet.

The deputy CM has also written to the railway ministry, requesting for 262 trains for sending the remaining migrants stranded in the national capital to their native states, in the next four days.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also requested the Centre to increase the number of trains from Delhi to send maximum migrants back to their native states.

Among the 4 lakh registrations made on the city government’s portal, around 1.95 lakh migrants belong to Bihar followed by 1.84 lakh from Uttar Pradesh.

“We are also seeking permission from other states to send the migrants back to their home towns. As soon as we get the permit, we will sanction trains for those states,” Sisodia had said.

An order had been issued by the Delhi government directing for publicising the web link epass.jantasamavad.org among the stranded migrants for registering on the government portal.

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NEW DELHI: Four additional teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are being airlifted to Kolkata on the request of the West Bengal government and will reach the city by late evening on Indian Air Force aircraft, the chief of the force, SN Pradhan, said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference here, Pradhan said two teams each from Chennai and Pune are being airlifted to Kolkata in view of the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan and they will be at the disposal of the West Bengal government.
He said the teams were scheduled to depart at 4.30 pm and arrive at Kolkata at around 8.30 pm.
Pradhan said according to the feedback received from the states that have been battered by Cyclone Amphan, it seems life will start returning to normal in the impact zones of Odisha within 24-48 hours, while West Bengal has suffered more damage.
The extent of the damage done by the extremely severe cyclonic storm will become clearer after surveys in the coming days, he added. In Video:Situation in control in Odisha; 4 additional teams being airlifted to Kolkata: NDRF



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Most places in Rajasthan recorded an increase of one to two degrees Celsius in the maximum temperature on Thursday.

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Most places in Rajasthan recorded an increase of one to two degrees Celsius in the maximum temperature on Thursday.

Life has been affected due to a heatwave in western parts of the state, a Meteorological Department official said.

Bikaner recorded a maximum of 45.4 degrees Celsius, followed by 45 each in Barmer and Jaisalmer; 44.8 each in Sriganganagar and Kota; 44.5 in Churu; 44.3 in Jodhpur; 42.9 in Ajmer; 42 in Jaipur and 41.4 degree Celsius in Dabok.

The minimum temperature in major cities of the state was between 32 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius.

The department has forcast heatwaves during the next 24 hours in Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar, Barmer, Bikaner, Churu, Jaisalmer, and Nagaur, while Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Alwar, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Nagaur, Bikaner, Ganganagar.

Winds are expected to blow at a speed of 30-40 km per hour with thunderstorm/dust storm at some places in Hanumangarh and Churu.

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