Durham and England cricket star Ben Stokes paid tribute to his father Ged who died on Tuesday.
Ben’s father Ged Stokes died aged 65 in Christchurch, New Zealand after a battle with mind most cancers.
In a brief publish on Instagram, Ben Stokes published a photo of Ged and wrote : “In totally different locations now me and also you Ged, however figuring out you will at all times have this smile in your face makes me smile each time I consider you.”
The 29-year-old Durham all-rounder was with the England aspect in South Africa earlier than their tour was aborted.
Ged Stokes performed worldwide rugby league for New Zealand and likewise coached in Cumbria with Workington and Whitehaven, each of whom issued fulsome tributes.
Ben Stokes missed nearly all of England’s summer time Test collection towards Pakistan to be with his father in Christchurch after it was introduced in August that he was affected by the illness.
Ged’s former membership Workington Town mentioned in an announcement: “It is with nice unhappiness that we be taught our former participant and coach Ged Stokes has handed away.
“Ged is written into the wealthy cloth of Town historical past and shall be tremendously missed.
“Our ideas are with Deb, Ben and James.
“Ged nonetheless has many, many mates right here in West Cumbria and we ship our ideas to them too.”
Ben Stokes’ membership, Durham (*65*) Cricket Club, additionally paid tribute.
It mentioned: “Durham Cricket would really like to ship our ideas to Ben Stokes & household following the unhappy information of the passing of his father Ged Stokes.”