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

Nov 29, 2017, 00:49
Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

As England all-rounder Ben Stokes packed his bag for a private trip to New Zealand with his family, the cricketing world was taken by a storm as many believed that he will be joining his team for the 2nd Ashes Test against Australia.

Stokes was spotted at London Heathrow airport on Monday evening, though, leading to suggestions that he is heading Down Under in preparation for England's next Test outing.

"I'll be sat at home watching and following the lads in the hope they do really well", Stokes said in a video.

Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jez Curwin didn't rule it out as a possibility, telling reporters "we'd be delighted to have him come and play for us if we ever got to that stage".

"Canterbury Cricket said in a statement: "(We) have been in initial informal discussions with Ben Stokes' representatives regarding his potential availability".

"NZC has an open mind on the issue and will await further information before making a decision".

The all-rounder wasn't included in England's Ashes squad due to an ongoing police investigation.

European Central Bank boss Andrew Strauss has stressed that he won't be able to play for England until he's been cleared by police for the incident which took place outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He was given a non-objection certificate by the European Central Bank last week to play domestic cricket although he remains under suspension from the England team.

Travel arrangements have not been arranged by them.

"He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the English setup".

He was released by police while the investigation continues.