The Sydney Morning Herald – ADELAIDE: Ben Stokes could be fast-tracked into England’s Ashes tour party in a little over 48 hours if he is cleared by Avon and Somerset Police over his actions in a street brawl in Bristol two months ago.

Summary

  • ADELAIDE: Ben Stokes could be fast-tracked into England’s Ashes tour party in a little over 48 hours if he is cleared by Avon and Somerset Police over his actions in a street brawl in Bristol two months ago.
  • Stokes moved a step closer on Tuesday to being added to the England tour party by agreeing to play state cricket in New Zealand, having been given a no-objection certificate by the England and Wales Cricket Board last Friday.
  • He is expected to play on Sunday in the Ford Trophy, New Zealand’s domestic 50-over tournament, in what will be his first match since breaking his hand in the Bristol street fight that led to his arrest and subsequent suspension from the England team.
  • The England coaching staff are understood to be desperate for Stokes to be allowed to rejoin the squad, but it is a very tricky situation for the ECB.
  • There are members of the ECB’s board who do not want Stokes anywhere near the Ashes tour, fearing the bad publicity it would attract.


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