Stuff – England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss has welcomed Ben Stokes’ imminent arrival in New Zealand and believes he’ll be quickly up to speed for a return during the one-day international series.

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  • England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss has welcomed Ben Stokes’ imminent arrival in New Zealand and believes he’ll be quickly up to speed for a return during the one-day international series.
  • In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed Stokes would fly to New Zealand immediately, arriving in Auckland on Friday, and would not be required to return to England for the opening day of the trial.
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  • Bayliss said they wanted to get Stokes to New Zealand as soon as possible after his court appearance to assess his form.
  • Stokes was originally named vice-captain but wasn’t included for the 4-0 Ashes test series defeat in Australia, and Bayliss welcomed the fact he would soon be talking about Stokes playing cricket again.


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