Stokes doubtful for first ODI against Kiwis: Bayliss

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes

They are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 a year ago - several hours after England had played a one-day worldwide against the West Indies.

But Stokes, having arrived from England yesterday after pleading not guilty to a charge of affray on Tuesday, may not be ready for the one-day global at the same venue a week on Sunday, let alone a T20 worldwide tomorrow.

He is expected to make an England comeback - some five months after he last played - in the forthcoming ODI series against New Zealand.

Stokes touched down in Auckland at around 3.20pm local time (2.20am GMT) having travelled from Heathrow via Abu Dhabi and Melbourne, and was met by England and Wales Cricket Board officials before a 70-mile drive to the squad's hotel in Hamilton.

Bayliss also hinted that Stokes might also miss the first ODI against the Black Caps, but added that they are hoping to see him joining the squad for the remainder of the tour.

Stokes was previously in New Zealand in November and December, for what began as a trip to visit his parents, Gerard and Deb, in Christchurch, but ended with him playing six matches for Canterbury in the country's domestic one-day and Twenty20 competitions.

Mr Hales has not been charged in relation to the matter. "He is pretty much a freak when he gets going".

The Middlesex star, who was England's top scorer during the Ashes, said: 'Stokesy is probably one of the best all-rounders in the world, if not the best all-rounder in the world.

'Apart from that there's been no chat and I think everyone forgot it was his court case yesterday. That doesn't mean no one wants him.

"To have him and around the team is fantastic, especially in the shorter format".

"Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by head coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management team", the European Central Bank spokesman said.

Bayliss said, "There have been players in the past who've had off-field issues and have been able to put that aside and concentrate on cricket".

However, he is unwilling to rush Stokes back too soon, saying: 'He hasn't played for a while.

'The reason we are getting him out as soon as we can is that we can get him up to speed so he is available for selection as early as possible.

'When you are batting with him you see how good he actually is and the confidence he has is the main thing.