England’s cricketers gear themselves up before big matches by using women’s deodorant, according to star all-rounder Ben Stokes.
The 29-year-old admitted preferring a more feminine aroma before playing for his country in an hilarious interview with talkSPORT.
Stokes, who won the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his World Cup heroics, is currently on tour with England in India.
But the ginger hero found some time out from his on-field exploits to discuss the finer points of men’s grooming with radio hosts Laura Woods, Ally McCoist and Jamie O’Hara.
He said: “It smells better. The pomegranate one — it’s top drawer.”
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Stokes then dobbed his team-mates in and claimed: “I’m not the only one.”
McCoist, Woods and O’Hara were in stitches back in the London studio and probed further, asking Stokes which members of the England team also used women’s deodorant.
The New Zealand-born ace replied: “The whole squad.”
Unfortunately for Stokes and his team-mates, their newfound pre-match fragrance hasn’t translated to the sweet smell of success on the pitch.
England suffered a 3-1 defeat in the Test series and followed that up with a 3-2 loss in the T20 series, despite having won the first tie in both.
Stokes was powerless to stop India running away with the first match in the three-game ODI series too. England’s bowlers allowed India to post a score of 317, which proved too difficult to reel in.
The tourists were bowled out for 251 from 41.2 overs, with Stokes making just one run from 11 balls before being caught in the field by Shubman Gill.
England’s final two games of their tour of India take place behind closed doors on Friday and Sunday in Pune.