Stokes fails to take wicket, scores two on Canterbury debut

Stokes fails to take wicket, scores two on Canterbury debut

Stokes remains suspended from worldwide duty but Hales is free for selection after confirmation he is deemed a witness not a suspect regarding the incident in Bristol on September 25th.

Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes failed to live up to billing as England's Ashes saviour after he struggled with both bat and ball on his return to cricket with Canterbury in New Zealand's Ford Trophy.

The England and Wales Cricket Board will not begin an internal disciplinary process for Hales or Stokes until the conclusion of any potential criminal proceedings related to the incident.

Stokes lasted just seven balls at the crease, bowled out for two runs by Anaru Kitchen at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora.

Although Otago collapsed from 175-0 to 198-7, they won with 15 balls to spare.

Stokes, meanwhile, appeared to hurt his side during his Canterbury bow, although he is expected to be fit to face Auckland Aces on Wednesday.

"I think if anything he tried too hard".

BJ Watling and Hamish Rutherford have scored centuries to help their respective sides to victory in the opening round of the one-day domestic competition.

With a decision not to be made for several weeks, Stokes seems unlikely to play in England's current Ashes series in Australia.

Eoin Morgan's touring party was due to be announced at the end of the English summer until Stokes's arrest over the incident.

Durham's Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident on 25 September in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket.

The Crown Prosecution Service have been handed Stokes's case by Somerset and Avon Police.