England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes makes a comeback into the ODI squad. Stokes’ inclusion in the side is provisional for now until and unless he faces any charges in the police report. Not only Stokes but opener Alex Hales has been included in the squad too. Stokes has been playing for Canterbury in New Zealand after his exile from international cricket after Bristol street brawl fiasco. Whereas Hales has not played any form of cricket of late.
Stokes was arrested after a video his ‘street brawl’ was posted on the internet. That is the sole reason why he is not playing in the Ashes 2017-18 which is clearly affecting England who have lost two Tests in a row.
According to England and Wales Cricket Board’s statement on November 6,
Selectors were given clear guidance to name their strongest squad and have made their selections accordingly.
Though clarification came that Stokes and Hales have been included the squad provisionally.
Both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are included, though their involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September.
England’s coach Trevor Bayliss anticipates drama with Stokes’ return to the international cricket. Bayliss said,
I’ve got absolutely no idea. Still waiting for the police report. Whenever he comes back that’s going to be a bit of a circus. Whether it’s any more of a circus than it’s already been, it’s hard to say. If it happens, let’s just get on with it and take it on the chin.
Meanwhile, Stokes made a terrible comeback in the domestic cricket circuit. In the first match he played for Canterbury he got out after scoring just 2 runs. The all-rounder did not do well with the ball either as he could not get a single wicket.
England ODI squad:
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.