In an interview with Cricket Australia, England head coach Trevor Bayliss has informed that he hasn’t spoken with Ben Stokes yet, after the ECB gave him the green signal to play cricket. Bayliss spoke about the ECB decision and revealed that Ben Stokes’ plan for the coming days would be to take his stint in New Zealand further and get back up to speed.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was finding it hard to play any cricket after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had disallowed him to play for England. Ben Stokes had to miss the Ashes and the ODI series that took place in Australia, and the best chance that he had got was to play domestic cricket in New Zealand. Finally though, the ECB cleared Stokes’ name for national selection recently, which opened a great deal of options for the ex-England vice-captain.
England team is happy to have Stokes back, says Bayliss
As reported by Sky Sports, Bayliss said that while Stokes had been focusing on playing cricket ever since ECB put him on hold, the whole England cricket squad was happy to have the all-rounder back. Bayliss said,
“That’s a board decision. It’s obviously a difficult situation and a difficult decision to make. And from my point of view, he has just been concentrating on playing cricket. And everybody involved with the team – the squad and the coaches – is very happy that he is available again.”
Stokes should take some time to get back in form
Trevor Bayliss informed that he had received the information about Ben Stokes’ return only a night before, and hadn’t been able to talk with him ever since. The head coach said that he wanted Stokes to take some time to get back in his groove. Bayliss said,
“I only found out last night myself but I mean he hasn’t played any cricket for a little while either, so I think it will be good for him to probably start in New Zealand. I want to lay on him a little bit time to get up to speed.”
Trevor Bayliss said that as Stokes had been playing in New Zealand during ECB’s ban, it would prove good for the all-rounder to continue for a while to get back up to speed and in good form before donning the England jersey again. Trevor Bayliss said,
“I haven’t got an option to speak with him yet. The main focus would be going forward with New Zealand in the ODIs and try and get him up to speed. To see what that might entail, I mean, we will have to have a closer look in the next few days and try to work out what is going to be the best for him.”