NZCityt – The return of Ben Stokes will give the English Twenty20 tri-series squad a major pick-me-up, batsman Dawid Malan says.

Summary

  • The return of Ben Stokes will give the English Twenty20 tri-series squad a major pick-me-up, batsman Dawid Malan says.
  • The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed the Kiwi-born Stokes will arrive in Hamilton on Friday after appearing at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with affray, along with two other men.
  • Malan told reporters he couldn’t wait to get Stokes back into the fold, after the all-rounder sat out all of their cricket on Antipodean soil this summer.
  • “Stokes is probably one of the best all-rounders in the world, if not the best all-rounder in the world,” the 30-year-old Malan said.
  • Malan has come out of this month’s hat-trick of T20 losses – two against Australia and the other in Tuesday’s T20 clash against the Black Caps in Wellington – with greater credit than most, hitting two stylish half-centuries.

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