New Zealand vs England: Skipper Joe Root demands 'best behaviour' from returning Ben Stokes

Stokes has not played Test cricket since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September led to him being charged with affray.

Reuters, March 21, 2018

England all-rounder Ben Stokes must be on his “best behaviour” when he returns to the Test arena against New Zealand or risk getting a demerit point that could lead to a ban, skipper Joe Root said ahead of the first Test starting on Thursday.

Ben Stokes has not played a Test since September 2017. Reuters

Ben Stokes has not played a Test since September 2017. Reuters

Stokes has not played Test cricket since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September led to him being charged with affray.

He currently has three active International Cricket Council (ICC) demerit points to his name and a further offence in the Auckland Test will activate an automatic one-match suspension.

“He’ll have to be on best behaviour,” Root said. “I’m sure there might be a bit of noise about that after what’s happened (to Kagiso Rabada) — about demerit points and missing games.”

South Africa paceman Rabada was banned for two matches after brushing against the shoulder of Steven Smith in the second test against Australia but was cleared by the ICC to play in the remainder of the series after winning an appeal.

Root said he wanted to be sure that Stokes would be available to play for a run of matches. The 26-year-old missed the Ashes tour of Australia and returned to action last month in the five-match one-day international series against New Zealand, which England won 3-2.

“You want to make sure, not just that (your players’ behaviour) is sitting well with you, but they’re able to be on the field for the next game and next series,” the skipper added.

“For me, it’s your team and you want to make sure you’re heading up this team, and if it’s portraying an image of something you don’t like then I suppose that’s on you.”

Stokes’ previous demerit points were picked up between October 2016 and September 2017 and will remain for a period of 24 months.

Updated Date: Mar 21, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
4 3 1 0 6
2
Kolkata
5 3 2 0 6
3
Hyderabad
4 3 1 0 6
4
Punjab
4 3 1 0 6
5
Rajasthan
5 2 3 0 4
6
Mumbai
4 1 3 0 2
7
Bangalore
4 1 3 0 2
8
Delhi
4 1 3 0 2



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111