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Stokes return ends in England defeat by New Zealand

First one-day international, Hamilton England 284-8 (50 overs): Buttler 79, Root 71, Roy 49 New Zealand 287-7 (49.2 overs): Taylor 113, Latham 79, Santner 45* New Zealand won by three wickets Scorecard Ben Stokes scored 12 and took 2-43 as his first England match since September ended in a three-wicket defeat by New Zealand in Hamilton. Ross Taylor made 113 and Tom Latham 79 as New Zealand recovered from 27-3 in the first match of the one-day series. Mitchell Santner hit 45 not out off 27 balls, including a six…

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England cricketer Ben Stokes faces trial accused of affray

Media playback is unsupported on your device England cricketer Ben Stokes is to go on trial after being accused of fighting outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder is charged with affray after a man allegedly suffered a broken eye socket. Mr Stokes, who missed the Ashes after being suspended from England duties, is accused jointly with two others. Ryan Hale, 26, and 28-year-old Ryan Aslam Ali, both from Bristol, will face trial on the same charge. Mr Stokes was granted unconditional bail after appearing at Bristol…

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Stokes to join England in NZ, while next hearing is set for March

Ben Stokes will travel to New Zealand to join the England squad as part of their Twenty20 tri-series. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder was in court on Tuesday after being charged with affray. Stokes missed the recent Ashes series, which hosts Australia won 4-0. “He will arrive on Friday, 16 February ready to train with his England team-mates in Hamilton,” an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said in a statement. “Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by head coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management…

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Ben Stokes could make England return in New Zealand one-day series

The all-rounder has not featured for his country since September Thursday, February 1, 2018 Ben Stokes could make his England return in the one-day series against New Zealand after being included in a 15-man squad “subject to any court obligations”. Stokes has not featured for his country since September, when he was arrested on a night out in Bristol, and is due to appear at magistrates’ court on February 13 charged with affray. That date clashed with the 26-year-old all-rounder’s planned comeback in a Twenty20 against the Black Caps and,…

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Stokes nets £1.4m IPL deal but Root unsold

England all-rounder Ben Stokes sold for almost £1.4m in the Indian Premier League auction but Test captain Joe Root went unsold in the first round of bidding. Stokes, who claimed the most valuable player award last year following a record £1.7m contract with Rising Pune Supergiant, has joined Rajasthan Royals. “Ben is a fantastic performer – a cricketer of today and a cricketer of the future,” said Royals chief executive Ranjit Barthakur. Stokes, 28, is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 13 February charged with affray after an…

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IPL braced for 'unpredictable' auction as Root & Stokes headline for England

Media playback is not supported on this device It’s back. The Indian Premier League changed the face of cricket in 2008 and returns for its 11th edition – and is set to be bigger than ever. Last year’s event saw television viewership of over 1.25bn in the host country alone, while broadcaster Star India paid a staggering £1.97bn in September for global TV and digital rights on a five-year deal. The razzmatazz starts this weekend with the auction, including 24 England players, but which names should we look out for…

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Stokes will not join England squad before court date

All-rounder Ben Stokes says he will delay his departure to join the England squad in New Zealand until after he appears at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 13 February. The 28-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The court date coincides with England’s first Twenty20 match in New Zealand. “I’ve decided it would not be right to join my team-mates until after attending court,” he wrote on Twitter. Stokes, who has not played for England since the incident and intends to contest the…

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