x

Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Ben Stokes named in England squad for ODI series in New Zealand

All-rounder's involvement will depend on any court obligations relating to his charge of affray.

Ben Stokes has missed the entire tour of Australia but could be in line for a return to the England setup in New Zealand. Dean Leal-Olivas / AFP
Ben Stokes has missed the entire tour of Australia but could be in line for a return to the England setup in New Zealand. Dean Leal-Olivas / AFP

All-rounder Ben Stokes has been included in England's squad to play New Zealand in a one-day international series starting later this month, despite ongoing legal issues.

New Zealand-born Stokes has been charged with affray over his involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub following an ODI against the West Indies in September.

In naming its 15-match squad for the five-match series on Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said Stokes's involvement was subject to court obligations and his travel arrangements have yet to be confirmed.

Stokes is due to appear in the Bristol Magistrates Court on February 13 and the first match of the New Zealand series is a day-nighter at Hamilton on February 25.

The 26-year-old was previously named in England's squad for the Twenty20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand but remained in England pending his court appearance. He has indicated he will defend the charge.

__________________

Read more:

Ajman All Stars League probe: ICC continue investigation but powerless to deliver sanctions

Virat Kohli hits 'special' ODI hundred as India clinch series opener against South Africa

IPL 2018: 'Nepal's Shane Warne' Sandeep Lamichhane eager to soak up experience

__________________

The only cricket Stokes has played since the Bristol incident was for New Zealand's Canterbury province in December. He played in New Zealand's domestic one-day and T20 competitions while visiting his mother and father, who live in Christchurch.

Meanwhile, Test captain Joe Root returns to the England squad for the New Zealand series after being rested for the T20 tri-series. Fast bowler Jake Ball and batsman Dawid Malan were omitted.

"Our ODI side has made good progress over the last two years and it's encouraging to see with the 2019 World Cup on the horizon," chairman of selectors James Whittaker said. "We're sure to encounter strong opposition in New Zealand but it's another opportunity for the team to test themselves and to continue playing entertaining cricket."

England beat Australia 4-1 in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series in Australia.