'Welcome to Manchester': Australia met with Stokes giant billboard

Australia sneered ahead of the fourth ash test against England with a giant billboard of Ben stokes saying 'Welcome to Manchester 'out of the team hotel on Wednesday.

The poster featured Stokes' celebration after he ended up with an undefeated 135 to help England level the series remarkably in Headingley last month, recovering from a miserable 67 in the first innings to win a wicket.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes were the creators of the cheeky poster, which is inspired from a famous Carlos Tevez poster erected when English soccer side Manchester City signed the Argentine striker after his two trophy-laden seasons at rivals Manchester United.

" Ben stokes ' final innings at Headingley was the stuff of legend, so we thought it was only right to honour it ahead of the fourth Test," Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said.

Fortunately, we found a place a few meters from the Australian team's hotel to give them a timely reminder.

Hopefully our little sled helps England overcome the line and the road to victory.