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“England will be weaker without him & I hope he’s back for the Ashes,” he added.
The ex-GMB presenter was left raging when asked on Twitter: “So, will you say of Ben Stokes: ‘you have let down your team-mates, your fans and your country’? I doubt it, and it speaks volumes about you.”
Morgan responded: “If he quit in the middle of a Test match with no physical injury, leaving his teammates in the lurch like Simon Biles did, & complained he wasn’t having enough ‘fun’, then I would have said that. Especially if he had GOAT embroidered on his shirt.
“But he didn’t. So I didn’t.”
Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said Ben had shown “tremendous courage” to open up about his feelings.
“Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people.
“The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this,” he added.