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Stokes to play for Canterbury?

29 November, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Ben Stokes celebrates taking a wicket against the West Indies

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) quickly poured cold water on the suggestion.

Stokes appears set to play for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand's Ford Trophy this weekend, while his England team-mates are contesting the second Ashes Test with Australia in Adelaide.

Stokes moved from New Zealand to England as a child so his father Gerard, a former rugby league global, could take a coaching role. A report in the Telegraph newspaper said Christchurch-born Stokes hoped to play for Canterbury province during his stay.

Canterbury coach Gary Stead said Stokes' possible involvement or not in the Ashes "hasn't been discussed whatsoever".

But England officials say that's not the case and they're still awaiting a police decision on whether Stokes will be charged over the Bristol incident.

Travel arrangements have not been arranged by them.

Ben Stokes was reportedly seen at Heathrow Airport with his cricket gear on Monday
SOCIAL MEDIA Ben Stokes was reportedly seen at Heathrow Airport with his cricket gear on Monday

After pictures of Stokes at Heathrow airport prompted speculation that the suspended all-rounder could be returning to England for the Ashes in Australia, it was confirmed that he was instead flying to New Zealand.

Canterbury Cricket have been approached for comment but have not responded to RNZ's requests.

Stokes was arrested after video footage purportedly showed England's test vice-captain throwing punches in a street fight after a night out celebrating England's win over the West Indies in a limited-overs global.

"From a purely playing point of view he's a world-class cricketer, he's one of the best in the world.it would be a wonderful state of affairs to have him gracing the parks here", Curwin said.

So far, he has missed three tour matches and a first-Test defeat in Brisbane by 10 wickets - during which the consequences of his absence for Joe Root's tourists were painfully plain to see.




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