Alex Hales cleared to play for England after Bristol nightclub incident

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2017

Stokes remains in New Zealand as he continues his return to cricket with Canterbury, and could in theory apply for a No Objection Certificate to play in this season's Big Bash, which begins on 19 December.

The 26-year-old has maintained he was in New Zealand on a family visit and just wanted to "do well, and contribute to Canterbury winning".

Playing in a limited overs match for his birth province Canterbury against Otago, Stokes only faced seven balls before he was bowled for two.

He then proved unsuccessful with the ball, taking none for 49 off nine overs as Otago chased down the target with 15 balls to spare.

Avon & Somerset Police have passed their file to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on whether to charge Stokes.

But Stokes, coming in with his team five for two against Otago, lasted less than 10 minutes in his first innings, hitting one pull for two over midwicket before he was bowled playing back to left arm spinner Anaru Kitchen. "There's no injury problems at all there".

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Canterbury travel to Auckland Aces in their second match of the one-day competition on Wednesday.

On Stokes's performance he added: "If anything he tried too hard".

Stokes, who broke a finger in the incident, was released under investigation.

United Kingdom police have finalised their investigation into the fight with prosecutors now deciding whether to charge England's vice-captain.

The England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday cleared opener Alex Hales for England selection but allrounder Ben Stokes remained "unavailable".

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