Canterbury Cricket is in casual tasks with England’s vice-captain on whether he is suited for Kiwi’s side in its limited-over domestic games. It seems that he might turn out for Canterbury as speculations of Ashes start.Ben Stokes is en-route to New Zealand on his own trip to see his family in his birthplace, while it is guest that he will get back to England’s team for the third Ashes Test to be held in Perth.
He has been subjected to an investigation by British police followed by a brawl out of a nightclub in September in Bristol, with the Wales Cricket Board and England are up for the process to be finalized before they take their another step. The international departure of Stokes has fuelled further beliefs that police are going to confirm what charges would be laid on him.
There were fake reports that 26-year-old fled to Australia when he was found at Heathrow Airport but it was confirmed by the ECB that it was not the case.They added that Stokes is going to spend time with family but it is expected that he will train and play, with wickets of New Zealand proving great warm-up for the expected appearance of Ashes than Durham’s indoor nets.
Canterbury Cricket stated that it had casual discussions with representatives of Stokes about his availability for Burger King Super Smash and Ford Trophy matches.Jeremy Curwin, chief executive, added, “The New Zealand Cricket and CCA Board will consider this issue independently soon.”
Richard Broock, public affairs manager in New Zealand Cricket added the organization has not received a formal request yet about Stokes but would focus on the matter. A cricket news writer at The Times, Elizabeth Ammon told Radio Sport in New Zealand that Stokes might turn out over Otago for Canterbury in Rangiora on Sunday.
Ammon added, “His suspension is just from internationals from England. The statement was worded carefully which didn’t say much on any other kind of cricket.”
“So, no official ban is there. He can play cricket. He has been training at Durham in the nets where it’s too cold outside these days. He desired to play cricket to be ready wherever investigation ends for England. The police have allowed him to go overseas to play cricket.”
Stokes was missed out by the visitors in their loss of 10 wickets at the Gabba, with former spinner in England Graeme Swann suggested their failure to protect the lead in second innings of Australia which could be related directly to his absence.
Swann told ‘Stumps’ show at Optus Sport, “Currently, a huge problem for England is that Ben Stokes is the person in the team who rallies the troops.”
“He is required by England desperately to fill the gap they have been used to build a team over him and it was shown up widely, especially when they went out to defend with 170. 11 cricketers haven’t been seen cross the line for the team which thought they could win that Test.”