Ben Stokes to be pulled out from England’s ODI team vs Australia

first_imgBen Stokes will not be playing in the five-match One-Day Internationals (ODIs) series between England and Australia, starting January 14 in Melbourne.Ben Stokes’ name in the England ODI squad, announced by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), had raised a few eyebrows and now it is certain that the all-rounder won’t be a part of the ODI series in Australia.Dawid Malan is likely to replace the all-rounder in the English squad.ECB had included Stokes’ name in the England squad and had made it clear that his eventual selection is subject to the outcome regarding his Bristol incident.As Stokes still awaits a decision into the case from Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), he will not be able to play for England.Alex Hales, who was with Stokes during the Bristol brawl, was not charged by the police and has been cleared to play for England in the upcoming ODI series Down Under.Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol and was detained before being released without charge.Having been left out of England’s Ashes squad post the incident, Stokes signed a short-term contract with Canterbury.Apart from his 47-ball innings of 93 against the Otago Volts in a Twenty20 Super Smash match at Hagley Oval last Thursday, Stokes had largely been mediocre.Stokes scored just 36 runs from three 50-over matches and went for 1-144 with the ball. In the T20 Super Smash, he took just two wickets and notched up 133 runs from three innings.He has already returned to United Kingdom post his short stint in New Zealand.advertisementIn a statement, Canterbury said on Saturday that Stokes has cited ‘family reasons’ for ending his cameo with them.Despite an underwhelming performances ‘back home’, Canterbury CEO Jez Curwin said that the English all-rounder has made a good impression at the club.”We can’t fault his attitude or his all-round contribution in his time with us and we are sorry that he couldn’t stay with us for longer but Ben knows that he will always find a welcome here should the opportunity arise for him to return,” Curwin said in a statement on the team’s website.Stokes said he had “thoroughly enjoyed training and playing with Canterbury”.”It’s a wonderful club and I couldn’t have asked for any more from my time here,” he said in the statement.last_img read more

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