Ben Stokes named in England squad for ODI series

Ben Stokes leaves Eden Park Outer Oval after being dismissed

PHIL WALTER GETTY IMAGES Ben Stokes leaves Eden Park Outer Oval after being dismissed

The 26-year-old flew to New Zealand to tune-up his game with Canterbury in a one-day competition, hoping to get back in the whites with his country 2-0 down in the Ashes series. Not only did they lose the Adelaide by 120 runs to go down 2-0, but across the Tasman in New Zealand, Ben Stokes, who is now suspended has endured a torrid time in Canterbury.

However, Stokes returned to competitive cricket last Sunday after New Zealand's domestic side Canterbury signed the all-rounder as their overseas player.

"Both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are included, though their involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September".

As was the case ahead of the ongoing Ashes series, England's selectors were instructed to name their strongest squad for a five-match ODI rubber beginning in Melbourne on January 14.

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"The ECB Board has convened via conference call to make the decision after being informed that Hales is deemed a witness and will face no charges".

Stokes is now awaiting the verdict on whether he will be charged for his involvement in a pub brawl in Bristol in September.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss said about the prospect of Stokes's return and a media circus: " I'm sure there will be. We won't know it actually until it comes along.

Hales' position in the squad could yet come into doubt, should the CPS take no action against Stokes and the issue is handed to the Cricket Discipline Commission, but for now Hales is back in the mix and Morgan has no concerns over his state of mind.

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"The two openers we had did very well and it would be hard to go against [them]", Bayliss said. If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin.

"We've got to take a decision but I think the best way is to go with the two guys who have taken over".

Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball are the only members of England's test squad who will stay on for the ODI series.

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