24.com – London – Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after the star
all-rounder pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of affray over a
nightclub incident that forced him out of the Ashes tour.

Summary

  • London – Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after the star all-rounder pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of affray over a nightclub incident that forced him out of the Ashes tour.
  • The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement shortly after Stokes’s first court appearance confirming his travel plans but he is not expected to make an immediate return after nearly five months out of the side.
  • “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” said an ECB spokesperson.
  • (The) 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,” added the statement.
  • While England were in Australia, Stokes played a few games for Canterbury Kings during a month-long spell in New Zealand before returning home to England.


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