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Ben Stokes and the Ashes dilemma

Could Ben Stokes play a part in the Ashes after all?
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David Hedges Could Ben Stokes play a part in the Ashes after all? Credit David Hedges
Steve Townsend | 30 November, 2017, 12:36

"It doesn't matter if he [Stokes] was defending someone or not [as has been reported]", he told News Corp.

"As a player, as a friend, I'd like to see him here".

If Stokes is charged, any disciplinary sanctions would be put on hold for fear of prejudicing a future criminal trial.

"As an England team we'd like to see him here", said Woakes.

Root's players in Adelaide were - as the England and Wales Cricket Board less convincingly claims to be - caught unaware by Stokes's movements.

"As a society, if we want to take a stance against these things, maybe the government needs to look closely at whether he's allowed in".

"The CCA Board and New Zealand Cricket will independently be considering this issue in the near future - but until then, we are unable to provide any more detail on the status of the deliberations", said Jeremy Curwin, the chief executive of Canterbury Cricket. "It was the quickest wicket previous year, so I hope that's a good sign for us", he said. The public declaration always tends to be, "we don't read the reports/pay attention" but as British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has subsequently revealed post-New Zealand tour, this is nearly certainly false.

When pressed about what else he would be doing in New Zealand, he said "work on my golf swing", before adding that he was not sure what club he played junior cricket for in the country.

"I thought England played well at times [at the Gabba] but, certainly, when the wicket quickened up, it played in our favour". "I don't think they are, but if you don't respect teams that's when they can come back and bite you".

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England are desperate for Stokes to feature in the Ashes and last week gave the suspended star permission to play cricket for the first time since he left a man hospitalised with facial injuries.

Australia completed a ten-wicket thumping over England in the first Ashes Test on the fifth morning in Brisbane.

If he is cleared, the European Central Bank has a contingency plan enabling it to convene a board meeting within 48 hours, after which its disciplinary commission would be able to meet.

"Following this, a Cricket Discipline Commission procedure - announced under European Central Bank auspices last month - could take place".

The Canterbury officials had a long board meeting in Christchurch on Wednesday evening to figure out the road ahead.

It is unclear whether Stokes would be allowed to take part in the Ashes if the police do hand their file over to the Crown Prosecution Service, even if there is a significant delay before any court hearing.

Stokes could play for his native region of Canterbury - he was born in Christchurch - in two 50-over matches on Sunday and next Wednesday in an attempt to prove he is ready to return to Test cricket.

That will be played at Perth's WACA Ground and begins on December 14.

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