Ben Stokes heading to NZ not Ashes

Ben Stokes heading to NZ not Ashes

There were already indications from the European Central Bank that Stokes will be free to play for the Kings against Otago Volts in the Ford Trophy 50-over competition on Sunday, by the time his prospective New Zealand employers issued a statement confirming "initial informal discussions".

Suspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes has reportedly signed a short-term contract to play for Canterbury in New Zealand's domestic 50 over competition.

The New Zealand-born 26-year-old has yet to hear whether he will be charged by Avon and Somerset Police.

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

Stokes was left off the plane for the tour after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September that left a man in hospital with facial injuries. However, we understand he and his representatives have been in discussions with Canterbury.

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The news of Stokes' movements come in the wake of another embarrassing saga for the European Central Bank, folowing the revelation that Jonny Bairstow "headbutted" Cameron Bancroft, the Australia opener, on a night out in Perth at the start of the Ashes tour. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank", an ECB statement read.

He is still awaiting the outcome of the police investigation. "He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set-up." the statement read.

"From a purely playing point of view he's a world-class cricketer, he's one of the best in the world.it would be a wonderful state of affairs to have him gracing the parks here", Curwin said.

Australia won the first Test in Brisbane this week by 10 wickets, with the day-night second Test starting in Adelaide on Saturday.

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