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Ben Stokes: ‘Country stands behind him’ over row with The Sun, says cricket chief

Ben Stokes said he was ‘disgusted and appalled’ by The Sun’s story

England cricketer Ben Stokes has the support of “the whole sport and the country” after criticising The Sun over a story it ran about his family, a leading cricket chief says.

Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), added he was “disgusted and appalled” by the newspaper’s actions.

Stokes has called Tuesday’s front-page story “utterly disgusting”.

But The Sun has defended its journalism.

It pointed out it had received the co-operation of a family member and said the events described were “a matter of public record” and “the subject of extensive front-page publicity in New Zealand at the time”.

The story prompted a statement