Ben Stokes was spotted at Heathrow
Ben Stokes was spotted at Heathrow Airport on Monday evening, complete with cricket kitbags among his luggage, to prompt a flurry of excitement among supporters about the all-rounder joining England’s ailing Ashes tour.
The 26-year-old was in fact en route to New Zealand with the intention of playing cricket Derrick Henry Youth jersey for Canterbury in the home town of his parents, Christchurch. While not available for England, he in theory can still take the field domestically.
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the trip in a statement last night, albeit without making reference to a cricketing comeback. “The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family. His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the ECB,” it read.
“He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set-up.”
Stokes is currently unavailable for England selection – but remains on full pay – while http://www.authenticpittsburghpirates.com/Drew-Hutchison-Jersey he and the ECB wait to discover if he will be charged following his late-night arrest in Bristol on 25 September. Only then will his cricket disciplinary hearing take place.
Andrew Strauss, England’s team director, was asked for an update on Stokes in Brisbane on Monday after Joe Root’s Test side had gone 1-0 down to Australia but admitted that, while the ECB has started some procedural elements of his cricket case, they remain in a holding position.
Strauss said: “We are waiting for the police to make a charging decision and, until that happens, nothing has changed. We’re in the same situation as we have been for quite a long time now.”
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Stokes has already missed two one-day internationals and one Test match, which could be rolled into any backdated sporting sanction that follows. But as has remained the case for two months, nothing can move until Avon and Somerset Police have completed their work and his hopes of joining the Ashes tour remain remote.