Roar – England coach Trevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but says the allrounder is unlikely to play the first one-day international of the New Zealand series.

Summary

  • England coach Trevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but says the allrounder is unlikely to play the first one-day international of the New Zealand series.
  • Stokes indicated a plea of not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol magistrates’ court on Tuesday and will join his England teammates this week in Hamilton ahead of their five-match series starting February 25.
  • Stokes, one of world cricket’s most-destructive batsmen, last played a competitive match for Canterbury in New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition last December.
  • However, that success has been followed by three consecutive T20 failures, with two losses against Australia and on Tuesday against New Zealand.
  • Stokes is expected to feature in England’s two tests against New Zealand at Auckland and Christchurch next month.


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