England vs New Zealand: Ben Stokes won't be rushed into ODI team, says coach Trevor Bayliss

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

Reuters, Feb,14 2018

Wellington: 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.

File image of Ben Stokes. Reuters

File image of Ben Stokes. Reuters

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 25 February.

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.

”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.

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.

Published Date: Feb 14, 2018 | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018




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