New Indian Express – JOHANNESBURG: England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that all-rounder Ben Stokes is unlikely to play in the first game of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting on February 25 at the Seddon Park, Hamilton.

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  • JOHANNESBURG: England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that all-rounder Ben Stokes is unlikely to play in the first game of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting on February 25 at the Seddon Park, Hamilton.
  • Stokes will hence be joining his side in New Zealand soon, after being pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray in the Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.
  • Reflecting on the same, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that though the all-rounder would soon rejoin his national side in New Zealand, he would not play in the ongoing T20I Tri-Series, which includes New Zealand and Australia.
  • Bayliss also hinted that Stokes might also miss the first ODI against the Black Caps, but added that they are hoping to see him joining the squad for the remainder of the tour.
  • Expressing confidence over Stokes’ performance, Bayliss said that he is certain that the Durham player would put behind all the off-field issues and perform at his best when he would play again for his squad.


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