Ben Stokes in England squad for New Zealand series
The exile of Ben Stokes, from the England national team, has finally come to an end after he was named in the 15-member squad for the upcoming 5 match ODI series against New Zealand. The series is scheduled to kick off from 25th of February. However, Ben's participation is subject to any obligation imposed by the court. The hearing is scheduled on 13th February.
Court to decide Ben's fate
The English all-rounder, who has been charged with affray, will join the team only after he appears at the Bristol Magistrates' Court on 13th February. The 26-year-old has not played for England since September, post his involvement in a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol. The England ace was seen punching a man who was hurling abuses at a gay couple.
Crucial cog in the wheel for England
Ben Stokes, who is arguably the best all-rounder across the globe, has been a crucial member in the Three Lions' side scoring 1,650 runs including 3 hundreds in 62 ODIs. He has made vital contributions with the ball as well bagging 53 wickets. He was the most expensive buy at the IPL auction fetching a bid of Rs. 12.5 cr from Rajasthan Royals.
Malan makes way for Ben Stokes
Dawid Malan, who was a part of the squad involved in 4-1 thumping of Australia will make way for inclusion of Ben Stokes. Jake Ball has also failed to find a spot in the 15-member line up.
England's 15-man squad for New Zealand ODI series
Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
England are building the right momentum
With Stokes in the squad, England have named their strongest side for the 5 match ODI series. Eoin Morgan led-England are in red-hot form, having beaten Australia in their own backyard 4-1. Going into the World Cup, England are one of the most dangerous sides and they will look to keep the momentum going against the Kiwis