France 24 – English – LONDON (AFP) – Ben Stokes’s long-awaited return to England duty could take place in his native New Zealand after the all-rounder was included Thursday in a 15-man squad for a one-day international series against the Black Caps “subject to any court obligations”.
- LONDON (AFP) – Ben Stokes’s long-awaited return to England duty could take place in his native New Zealand after the all-rounder was included Thursday in a 15-man squad for a one-day international series against the Black Caps “subject to any court obligations”.
- Stokes has not played international cricket since being suspended by the England and Wales Board (ECB) following his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September that reportedly left a man with a fractured eye socket.
- – ‘Court obligations’ -As a result Thursday saw the latest in a series of qualified ECB statements regarding Stokes, with the board saying: “Ben Stokes’s involvement is subject to any court obligations in relation to the incident in Bristol in September and his travel arrangements are yet to be confirmed.
- “Stokes, who came to England as a boy when his father, a former New Zealand rugby league international, got a coaching job, sparked talk of a possible international recall by playing for New Zealand domestic side Canterbury for a month and last weekend, despite his looming court date, he topped the Indian Premier League auction, selling for $1.
- England squad for New Zealand ODIs:Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent, wkt), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wkt), Tom Curran (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)FixturesFeb 25: 1st ODI, Seddon Park, HamiltonFeb 28: 2nd ODI, Bay Oval, TaurangaMar 03: 3rd ODI, Westpac Stadium, WellingtonMar 07: 4th ODI, University of Otago Oval, DunedinMar 10: 5th ODI, Hagley Oval, Christchurch by Julian GUYER © 2018 AFP