Reuters – WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Ben Stokes’s arrival in New Zealand on a “private” trip has been viewed with suspicion in neighbouring Australia, where pundits smelled a plot to recall the exiled cricketer to England’s Ashes squad.

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  • WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Ben Stokes’s arrival in New Zealand on a “private” trip has been viewed with suspicion in neighbouring Australia, where pundits smelled a plot to recall the exiled cricketer to England’s Ashes squad.
  • Cricket – England Nets – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – September 18, 2017 England’s Ben Stokes during nets Action Images via Reuters/Jason CairnduffNew Zealand-born Stokes was omitted from England’s touring party following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
  • However, British media reported that the ECB had given Stokes a “no objection certificate” as early as last week to allow him to play in New Zealand.
  • ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss offered no update on Stokes during a media briefing on Monday, prompting accusations of a cover-up from former Australia opener Michael Slater.
  • But former New Zealand cricketer and Canterbury stalwart Peter Fulton struck a note of dissent, comparing Stokes’s situation with Ken McClure, a local player who voluntarily stood down last week after pleading guilty to an assault charge during a pre-season trip.


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