NZCityt – Allrounder Ben Stokes will join England in New Zealand but an immediate playing appearance has been ruled out.

Summary

  • Allrounder Ben Stokes will join England in New Zealand but an immediate playing appearance has been ruled out.
  • The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed Kiwi-born Stokes will arrive in Hamilton on Friday after appearing at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with affray along with two other men.
  • Following the court appearance, an ECB spokesman confirmed Stokes would travel to join the team involved in the tri-series Twenty20 international tournament involving New Zealand and Australia.
  • The ECB spokesman said Stokes will not be required to return to the UK for a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on March 12.
  • They are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 last year – several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies.

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