Metro – Ben Stokes is set to join up with the England squad for the first time since he was charged with affray following an alleged brawl in Bristol.

Summary

  • Ben Stokes is set to join up with the England squad for the first time since he was charged with affray following an alleged brawl in Bristol.
  • The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that Stokes, 26, will depart for New Zealand on Wednesday and join his team-mates in Hamilton.
  • England’s one-day team are currently competing in a Twenty20 Tri-Series and Stokes, who pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, will not be selected for any of the remaining games in the tournament.
  • ‘Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,’ a statement from the ECB said.
  • ‘ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments.


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