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September 4th, 2019
Ladbrokes Stokes the Ashes with giant Manchester poster ahead of the fourth test
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The Australian cricket team was trolled with a Ladbrokes poster of Ben Stokes’ winning salute in Manchester city centre today.

Mimicking the infamous Carlos Tevez poster, the advert went live right on Ocean’s Gateway Piccadilly screen next to the team’s hotel ahead of the crucial fourth test.

England levelled the series in spectacular fashion at Headingly, coming back from a 67 run total in the first innings to win by one wicket.

All-rounder Stokes etched his name into Ashes history with a final innings stand of 135 not out, dispatching the final runs through mid-wicket to seal the win.

As a result, the hero has been given pride of place on Ocean’s 5.6 metre by 7.1 metre digital display.

The Ladbrokes advert captures the iconic moment Stokes scored the winning runs in a pose similar to that of Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez, who sported the red and blue of Manchester back in 2009.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Ben Stokes’ final innings at Headingly was the stuff of legend, so we thought it was only right to honour it ahead of the fourth test.

“Thankfully we found a spot just yards away from the Australian team’s hotel to give them a timely reminder.

“Hopefully our little sledge will help get England over the line and on the road to victory.”

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