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Ben Stokes named in England’s ODI squad to face New Zealand

• All-rounder due in court before five-match series begins
• Dawid Malan and Jake Ball not included in squad

England have announced the squad for their one-day international series in New Zealand, with the familiar sight of Ben Stokes’s inclusion accompanied by the caveat of his impending court case. The five-match series begins on 25 February – 12 days after Stokes is due at Bristol Magistrates to face a charge of affray.

Following his court date on 13 February, Stokes is due to fly out to New Zealand to join the Twenty20 squad in the Trans-Tasman Tri-series. After the fifth ODI at Perth, where England secured a 12-run win over Australia to take the Gillette ODI series 4-1, the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, said he expected the all-rounder to leave for New Zealand “the next day or two” after his court appearance.

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