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All-rounder Ben Stokes has been included in England’s squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against New Zealand, which begins on February 25 in Hamilton.
Stokes was recently charged with affray due to his involvement in a street fight outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol last September. He will now have to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on February 13.
As a result, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) noted that his participation in the series will depend on the outcome of the hearing. The board also confirmed that his travel arrangement have not been sorted.
Despite not having the services of Stokes, England fared extremely well in their recent five-match series against Australia as they secured a comprehensive 4-1 win.
Meanwhile, pace bowler Jake Ball has been dropped for the series, while batsman Joe Root will return as he has been rested for the upcoming T20 tri-series, which also involves Australia and New Zealand.
“On behalf of the England Selectors I’d like to congratulate head coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Eoin Morgan on their victory in the Gillette ODI series over Australia,” national selector James Whitaker said in the ECB’s release. “Our ODI side has made excellent progress over the last three years and it’s encouraging to see with the 2019 World Cup on the horizon.
“We’re sure to encounter strong opposition in New Zealand but it’s another opportunity for the team to test themselves and to continue playing entertaining cricket.
“I would like to wish everyone involved in the squad the best of luck.”
England’s ODI Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.