Sport Stokes to travel to New Zealand

14:42  13 february  2018
14:42  13 february  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Ben Stokes 'won't be risked' against New Zealand

  Ben Stokes 'won't be risked' against New Zealand England won’t risk Ben Stokes in their crucial T20 tri-series game with New Zealand on Sunday, Sky Sports report. Stokes landed in New Zealand on Friday having pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and has practised with the side. The all-rounder’s session included batting in the nets and carrying out fielding drills with the squad, however, he did not bowl. Captain Eoin Morgan is expected to be fit after a recent groin strain, but stated that Stokes is expected to miss out. “We’re not expecting Ben to play, he only got off a long flight yesterday.” Morgan is set to replace James Vince in the side, while seamer Tom Curran and spinner Liam Dawson are possibilities to step in for injured fast bowler Liam Plunkett. Despite losing three from three so far, a win for England on Sunday could see them progress to the final against Australia, however, they will need to better New Zealand’s net run rate in the process.

Ben Stokes has confirmed he will not travel to New Zealand for the T20 series until after his court hearing on February 13. The 26-year-old will miss the first T20 match England play in New Zealand as it is scheduled for the same day as his hearing.

Ben Stokes is travelling to New Zealand to practise and spend time with his family. The ECB has confirmed to Sky Sports News that the 26-year-old "is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England setup".

The ECB have announced all-rounder Ben Stokes will travel to New Zealand to meet up with the England squad after he pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court this morning.

In an official statement, the ECB said:

“Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,”

“Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by Head Coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International T20 Tri-Series.”

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Whilst Stokes will not be considered for the remaining T20 match in the tri-series which England are now eliminated from, he will be available for the ODIs beginning on February 25, and the test series starting March 22.

Ben Stokes lands in New Zealand to link up with England team-mates

  Ben Stokes lands in New Zealand to link up with England team-mates Yorkshire duo Liam Plunkett and David Willey embraced the all-rounder on arrival.Stokes pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and boarded a plane at Heathrow the following day to resume work with England ahead of an anticipated on-field return later this month.

Ben Stokes arrived in New Zealand on Wednesday and could feature for Canterbury on Sunday. Though the ECB granted preliminary permission on Friday for Stokes to play abroad, it was not aware that he was travelling to New Zealand on Monday.

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Stokes will travel down under tomorrow, and it has been confirmed he will not be required to appear at teh fiorst hearing at Bristol Crown Court on March 12.

England Cricketer Ben Stokes On Trial For Affray © Matt Cardy/Getty Images News England Cricketer Ben Stokes On Trial For Affray

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