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Stokes run out for one-ball duck in New Zealand

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was run out for a one-ball duck for Canterbury during a 50-over match against Northern Districts in New Zealand. The 26-year-old was involved in a mix-up with Michael Pollard in his third match for his side and has now scored just 36 runs in three innings for them. Stokes also conceded 56 runs from 10 overs – but did take his first wicket. He is unavailable for England after being arrested over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The England and Wales Cricket Board…

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Stokes called up to England ODI squad but unlikely to play

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been named in England’s one-day squad for the five-match series against Australia in the new year. Stokes, 26, has not played since being arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He is not available for selection until the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides whether to charge him. Once a decision has been made, the England and Wales Cricket Board will decide on disciplinary action. Hales is facing no criminal charges for his involvement in the Bristol incident but he too could…

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Stokes out for two on return to cricket in New Zealand

Ben Stokes was bowled for two on his debut for New Zealand side Canterbury Kings in a 50-over match with Otago. The England all-rounder, facing his seventh ball, was bowled out by left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen on Sunday. The 26-year-old signed for Canterbury on Friday. The England and Wales Cricket Board says Stokes cannot play for England as he waits to hear if he will be charged after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. Full scorecard – Canterbury Kings v Otago However, he is not barred from playing…

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Stokes signs for New Zealand's Canterbury

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has signed for New Zealand side Canterbury. Stokes, 26, was arrested in September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident in Bristol. The England and Wales Cricket Board have made him unavailable to play for England and will not review that stance until a decision has been made on whether to charge him. That will not be taken for several weeks, so he seems unlikely to play in the Ashes series against Australia. However, he is not barred from playing domestic cricket in…

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Ben Stokes: Police 'seek charging advice' over Bristol nightclub incident

Police have completed their investigation into the incident involving England cricketer Ben Stokes and are now “seeking charging advice”. Stokes, 26, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub on 25 September in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket. He was released under investigation. On Wednesday, Avon & Somerset Police said they had passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service. Stokes did not fly to Australia with the England squad in October for the current Ashes series. At that…

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Ben Stokes could be fast-tracked into Ashes squad if he is not charged by police

England may fast-track Ben Stokes into the Ashes if he avoids police charges. Stokes appears set to play for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand’s Ford Trophy this weekend, while his England team-mates are contesting the second Ashes Test with Australia in Adelaide. There has been no police update since the all-rounder was arrested and released under suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in September. But it is understood that the England and Wales Cricket Board has a contingency in place should Avon & Somerset Police clear the 26-year-old. The governing…

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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

New Zealand side Canterbury say they have held talks with Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder was seen at Heathrow airport on Monday. Stokes, 26, is not part of England’s Ashes tour after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in September. There was widespread speculation on social media that he was heading to Australia after being pictured at the airport on Monday. That prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board to issue a statement denying he was joining up with the squad and confirming he was travelling to…

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