The Telegraph – Ben Stokes will be given a warm welcome by his England teammates if he joins the Ashes tour, even though his presence has the potential to cause massive disruption.
- Stokes arrived in New Zealand on Thursday and was greeted at the airport by his parents with hopes rising that his return to cricket could pave the way for joining the Ashes squad in time for the third Test in Perth.
- Stokes did not answer any questions about cricket and only said he was “looking forward to seeing mum and dad” and to “work on my golf swing”.
- Few overseas stars play in New Zealand’s domestic competitions and Stokes’ presence would boost their profile hugely as well as strengthen a Canterbury squad that is bottom of the first-class competition.
- Stokes will only play 50 and 20-over cricket for Canterbury, making his debut against Otago on Sunday if his signing is completed in time.
- The decision to play cricket in New Zealand puts Stokes in the right place if his legal troubles clear up and England decide to draft him into the Ashes squad.