Ben Stokes could make his return for Canterbury to play first-class cricket before making his much-anticipated return to the England national side, reports Daily Mail.
Stokes had an anxious 48 hours wait after he was charged with assaulting a couple of men outside a bar in Bristol. ECB were quick to show their support for Stokes and declared that the all-rounder will be available for selection in the upcoming T-20 triangular series in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Stokes could be heading back to New Zealand to continue his successful stint with the Kiwi domestic side Canterbury. Stoke has represented them in the Super Smash T20 Series and The Ford ODI Trophy.
England’s coach Trevor Bayliss believes it is the right kind of preparation for Stokes as he is away from all the media facades and focus on his game before the T20 series which starts in Wellington from February 13th.
As reported by Dailymail, Bayliss said, “He (Stokes) hasn’t played any cricket for a little while so it was basically my thought that he should start in New Zealand.”
“It allows him a little bit of time to get up to speed. I haven’t even had an opportunity to speak to him yet about what his programme might be leading into that series but from our point of view his main focus going forward will probably be the New Zealand ODIs.”
Stokes will have at least 3-4 first-class matches to prepare himself and get accustomed to the pitch conditions and the weather before teaming up with the England national side fo the triangular T20 series.
Stokes was initially in contention to play for England in the ongoing ODI series vs Australia, however, the charges from the local British Police stopped him from doing so. England currently lead 1-0 in the ODI series vs Australia and play the 2nd ODI on Friday.