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England cricketer Ben Stokes’ father Ged has been taken to a Johannesburg hospital in a “critical condition”.

The all-rounder – and current BBC Sports Personality of the Year – and his family are at his bedside.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement the former rugby league player was admitted with a “serious illness” on Monday.

English cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at Christchurch Airport on November 29, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Stokes flew in from the UK in preparation for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.
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2017: Ben Stokes and his father ahead of Ashes series in Australia

Ben Stokes will miss training with his team-mates on Christmas Eve ahead of England’s First Test against South Africa which starts on Boxing Day.

It is not yet known whether the hero of England’s World Cup and Ashes summer will be able to play in the match.

Ben Stokes batting against South Africa A in a recent practise match
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Ben Stokes batting against South Africa A in a recent practise match

The ECB said: “Ben Stokes’s father, Ged, was admitted to hospital on Monday in Johannesburg after suffering a serious illness. He remains in a critical condition.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board, with the support of Ben and his family, request that the media and public respect Ben and his family’s privacy at this time.”

Cricketer Ben Stokes' heroics won the World Cup for England in the summer
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Cricketer Ben Stokes’ heroics won the World Cup for England in the summer

Stokes senior, 64, moved to England from New Zealand to play rugby league for Workington Town. He played in one Test for New Zealand in 1982 and later went on to coach the national side.

Ben Stokes began showing his cricketing talents while growing up in Cumbria.

Ged, whose full name is Gerard, now lives outside Christchurch in New Zealand with Stokes’ mother Deb.

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