Ben Stokes named in England's ODI squad for Australia series

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017

In Stokes' absence, England kicked off the second Test by sticking the Aussies into bat in Adelaide but struggled to make any serious in-roads as the hosts closed day one on 209-4.

But speculation that he is preparing for a dramatic call-up was fuelled by his decision to sign with New Zealand provincial side Canterbury as their overseas player in late November.

Not only did they lose the Adelaide by 120 runs to go down 2-0, but across the Tasman in New Zealand, Ben Stokes, who is now suspended has endured a torrid time in Canterbury.

Along with the other Canterbury bowlers, Stokes' figures were bruised by New Zealand batsman Colin Munro, who made an unbeaten 174 from 118 balls.

The all-rounder remains unavailable for England selection while the CPS considers whether or not to charge him over the alleged incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. We won't know it actually until it comes along.

"I've got absolutely no idea". But whenever he comes back, that's going to be a bit of a circus for sure.

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"He is obviously getting cricket under his belt, which is a really good decision. given that he could potentially come back quickly".

Hales may continue to pay some price though, with Bayliss indicating incumbents Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will likely open when the series starts in Melbourne.

Led by skipper Eoin Morgan, the squad also comprises injury-prone pacer Mark Wood.

"The two openers we had did very well and it would be hard to go against (them)", Bayliss said.

Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball are the only members of England's test squad who will stay on for the ODI series.

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