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England cricketer Ben Stokes’s father Ged is now said to be in a “stable condition” in hospital but remains in intensive care.

Stokes senior, 64, was admitted to hospital in Johannesburg on Monday in a critical condition.

Ben Stokes missed England training on Christmas Eve in order to be by his father’s bedside but could now play in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at Centurion.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said: “He [Ged] remains in intensive care, but has responded positively to treatment and is now in a stable condition.

“England will train at SuperSport Park today and Ben is expected to play a full part in the practice ahead of the first Test.

“The Stokes family wishes to thank everyone for their support and in particular the medical practitioners in South Africa for their care of Ged.

Speaking on Christmas Eve, England captain Joe Root said: “It puts things in perspective.

“We’re here to play good, hard cricket but it’s important as a squad that we want Ben and his family to have all the support they can get.

“I want to stress the importance of respecting his privacy. What’s most important is we support him and his family. It’s crucial that comes first.”

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

Ben Stokes’s father played one rugby league Test for New Zealand in 1982 before moving to England to play for Workington Town.

He went on to coach the team, as well as Whitehaven, and it was in Cumbria that his son began to show his talent as a cricketer.

Ged, whose full name is Gerard, now lives just outside Christchurch with Stokes’s mother Deb.

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