Missing Ashes would benefit Stokes: Watto

Ben Stokes arrives in Christchurch earlier today

Ben Stokes arrives in Christchurch earlier today

By agreeing an NOC for New Zealand, the European Central Bank has opened the door for him to fulfil his lucrative contracts in the Indian Premier League next April, as long as it does not coincide with any judicial hearings.

But Matt Cronin said leaked footage of Stokes in the incident "made me feel sick" and questioned whether the government could make a stand on his conduct.

"It's believed that should United Kingdom police clear the 26-year-old over his alleged involvement in a street brawl in September, the England and Wales Cricket Board would convene a board meeting within 48 hours", they said.

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

"But there is still a police investigation going on, so from that side of things we don't know any more than you do".

There are members of the ECB's board who do not want Stokes anywhere near the Ashes tour, fearing the bad publicity it would attract. He said: 'He's a good player, but I can't really comment too much about it until the European Central Bank know what's happening'.

But the coaching staff think that to compete with Australia, they need Stokes on board. 'This wicket can go through - it was the quickest wicket in Australia past year, so hopefully that's a good sign for us'. He is expected to sign a deal with Canterbury - although nothing is yet finalised - and could play in the Ford Trophy one-day competition on Sunday.

Any deal would probably include a release clause allowing Stokes to join the England squad in Australia if the European Central Bank wants him to. 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.

Another past player, Mike Hussey, told the Cricket Australia website it was a good move to get Stokes primed in New Zealand in the event of being cleared, while Shane Watson, who featured in the 2013-14 series, said the all-rounder should miss the whole series regardless in an interview with Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

The Twitter speculation that Stokes was on his way to join the squad in Australia prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to issue a statement, reported by Sky Sports News. Certainly if players perform well against Ben it shows us they're performing well against the best.

And that is the problem.

Stokes has been told he will not be selected until further notice while police conclude their investigation into an the nightclub incident.

The second Test gets underway from the Adelaide Oval this Saturday. "There's a bit more pace and bounce in the wicket".

But when asked about his immediate plans after arriving at Christchurch Airport, Stokes said on Wednesday, according to news service stuff.co.nz: "Just looking forward to seeing Mum and Dad, to be honest, and the family as well".

"I can't remember [what club I played with]".

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