Stuff – Joe Root has no doubt Ben Stokes can put his off-field troubles behind him and rediscover his “magnificent” form for England.
- Joe Root has no doubt Ben Stokes can put his off-field troubles behind him and rediscover his “magnificent” form for England.
- Kiwi-born allrounder Stokes is part of the England squad for five one-dayers against New Zealand – the first in Hamilton on Sunday – having been on the outer since his arrest in Bristol last September.
- He pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates Court earlier this month and then flew to New Zealand to link with England for the series starting at Seddon Park, with Stokes unlikely to feature in the series-opener.
- Stokes missed England’s Ashes defeat to Australia, a series which itself was dogged by disciplinary issues.
- Root is keen for the New Zealand series, which is followed by two tests, to be all about the cricket.