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'Ben Stokes can play centre half for us next week for sure!': Steve Bruce hails Newcastle-supporting England hero as he celebrates double-triumph after watching Ashes heroics before shock win away at Spurs Steve Bruce has joked Ben Stokes can play for Newcastle after his Ashes heroics Bruce, a big cricket fan, was even watching the Test before Newcastle's game  And Stokes, reportedly a Newcastle supporter, had a very good day indeed 

By Matt Porter For Mailonline

Published: 22:35 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 23:03 BST, 25 August 2019

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Steve Bruce has hailed Ben Stokes' heroics in the Ashes against Australia on Sunday, and joked that he can play for Newcastle next week if he likes.

Stokes, a Newcastle fan, dragged England to victory when defeat looked almost certain on day four of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

A couple of hours later, Newcastle pulled off an equally stunning win away at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.  

Ben Stokes celebrates scoring the winning runs at the end of an incredible innings

Ben Stokes celebrates scoring the winning runs at the end of an incredible innings

Stokes hit 135 not out as England successfully chased down Australia's target of 359

Stokes hit 135 not out as England successfully chased down Australia's target of 359

Steve Bruce joked that Stokes could play centre-half for Newcastle next week if he likes

Steve Bruce joked that Stokes could play centre-half for Newcastle next week if he likes

Bruce, who was pictured before the Spurs match watching the culmination of the third Test on an iPad, said: 'I don't know what was more nervous. The last 10 minutes of the cricket or this. Certainly, Ben Stokes can play centre half for us next week that's for sure!

'It was just on. They'd gone for a warm-up and there's nothing really you can do then. I usually just sit and read the

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