The Yorkshire Post – Ben Stokes is set to make his long-awaited England comeback in the first one-day international against New Zealand.
- Ben Stokes is set to make his long-awaited England comeback in the first one-day international against New Zealand.
- Captain Eoin Morgan confirmed the plan to ease Stokes back in tomorrow (1am start-time UK), for the first time since England’s go-to match-winner was arrested in Bristol last September.
- Joe Root is equally confident that Stokes can put his troubles behind him and recapture his “magnificent” form for England.
- Root, England’s Test captain, is pleased to have Stokes back in harness and said: “I look at Ben now and he’s extremely excited to start playing cricket for England again.
- Stokes missed England’s Ashes defeat to Australia, which itself was dogged by disciplinary issues – batsman Ben Duckett was excluded from England Lions selection after pouring a pint over senior bowler James Anderson, while Jonny Bairstow had to answer for a bizarre headbutt greeting to Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in a bar in Perth.