News | Cricket
25 Feb 2018 10:53
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Cricket

    Stokes coming to NZ after not-guilty plea

    Ben Stokes will join his England team in New Zealand after appearing at a Bristol court charged with affray.

    Allrounder Ben Stokes will join England in New Zealand but an immediate playing appearance has been ruled out.

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed Kiwi-born Stokes will arrive in Hamilton on Friday after appearing at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with affray along with two other men.

    The 26-year-old offered a not guilty plea to the charge against him, relating to an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September last year. He was placed on unconditional bail.

    Following the court appearance, an ECB spokesman confirmed Stokes would travel to join the team involved in the tri-series Twenty20 international tournament involving New Zealand and Australia.

    The English lost by 12 runs to the Black Caps in Wellington on Tuesday.

    By the time they face New Zealand again in Hamilton on Sunday, England may have already had their hopes of contesting the final scuppered.

    Either way, Stokes won't be considered for the game at Seddon Park.

    "Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by head coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management team," the ECB spokesman said.

    "He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International T20 Tri-Series.

    "ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments."

    The ECB spokesman said Stokes will not be required to return to the UK for a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on March 12.

    That may make him available for the five-match one-day international series in New Zealand beginning on February 25 and two Tests from March 22.

    Stokes missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England.

    Without him, England lost the Ashes to Australia 4-0 although they bounced back to win an ODI series.

    The cricketer, dressed in a dark suit, appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court alongside Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26.

    They are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 last year - several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies.

    The charge states that their "conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety".


    © 2018 NZN, NZCity

     Other Cricket News
     24 Feb: Auckland cruise to one-day win over CD
     24 Feb: Stokes all but confirmed for ODI comeback
     24 Feb: NZ banking on ODI form against England
     23 Feb: Black Caps slip to fourth in T20 rankings
     22 Feb: Door opens for Sodhi in NZ spin department
     22 Feb: Tough road for Aussie Lynn after injury
     20 Feb: Eden Park in spotlight ahead of T20 final
     Top Stories

    Sunwolves deserve more respect: Lealiifano More...

    Auckland train driver strike starts Monday More...

     Today's News

    Auckland train driver strike starts Monday 10:45

    Sunwolves deserve more respect: Lealiifano 10:45

    Rugby League:
    Broncos' Milford survives PNG fitness test 10:25

    Accident and Emergency:
    Beekeeper dies in Gisborne truck crash 9:25

    How an Australian forensic biologist helped identify victims of Boxing Day tsunami 8:35

    No trophy talk for finals-bound Merrick 8:15

    Accident and Emergency:
    Man killed in collision with train named 8:05

    Rugby League:
    Green backs himself to click with Johnson 7:55

    Folau aerial threat is Tahs' Super weapon 7:45

    Accident and Emergency:
    Convoys are due to start on Takaka Hill 7:35

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd