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Bayliss: Ben Stokes unlikely to play 1st New Zealand ODI

  • Ben Stokes indicated a plead of not guilty to a charge of affray on Tuesday
  • He will join up with England this week ahead of their series with New Zealand
  • Trevor Bayliss said Stokes will miss the T20 game against the Kiwis on Sunday
  • But the coach is ‘hopeful’ the all-rounder will play some part in the series

Reuters Reporter

England coach Trevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but said the all-rounder is unlikely to play the first one-day international of the New Zealand series.

Stokes indicated a plead of not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol magistrates’ court on Tuesday and will join his England team-mates this week in Hamilton ahead of their five-match series starting February 25.

Bayliss said Stokes, who will miss the Twenty20 game against the Kiwis on Sunday, needs to get back up to speed before he can feature in the starting 11.

Ben Stokes indicated a plead of not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol magistrates' court

Ben Stokes indicated a plead of not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol magistrates' court

Ben Stokes indicated a plead of not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol magistrates’ court

Trevor Bayliss (C) said Stokes is unlikely to play England's first ODI against New Zealand

Trevor Bayliss (C) said Stokes is unlikely to play England's first ODI against New Zealand

Trevor Bayliss (C) said Stokes is unlikely to play England’s first ODI against New Zealand

‘He hasn’t played for a while,’ Bayliss told reporters. ‘It is not as if we can maybe bring him straight back for these T20s, for example.

‘We have got to get him up to speed and hopefully during this one-day series we can get him back into the team.

‘At this stage I’d have to say it was unlikely (he’ll play the first ODI). We’ll have to wait and see how he is with travel, with practice.’

Stokes, one of world cricket’s most destructive batsmen, last played a competitive match for Canterbury in New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition last December.

The 26-year-old England all-rounder leaves Bristol magistrates court on Tuesday

The 26-year-old England all-rounder leaves Bristol magistrates court on Tuesday

The 26-year-old England all-rounder leaves Bristol magistrates court on Tuesday

His absence was not necessarily felt during England’s 4-1 ODI series win against Australia. However, that success has been followed by three consecutive T20 failures, with two losses against Australia and on Tuesday against New Zealand.

‘Right throughout the summer we’ve been down to five bowlers, especially in the one-dayers and T20s,’ Bayliss added.

‘We’ve been able to have six bowlers before, which gives the captain plenty of different options. I think that’s what we’ve missed the most apart from his individual performances.’

Stokes is expected to feature in England’s two tests against New Zealand at Auckland and Christchurch next month. 

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