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Ben Stokes steers improved England to comfortable win over New Zealand

Ben Stokes put in a man-of-the-match performance in his second game back in England colours, leading them to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand to square the ODI series. Figures of two for 42 saw the all-rounder play a part in bowling out the hosts for 223, before a well-judged 63 not out helped win the game with 73 balls to spare.

This was Stokes’ first half-century (11th in all ODIs) since that ODI in Bristol. One made with an appreciation that no risks needed to be taken on a pitch that, for all New Zealand’s woes when put in by Eoin Morgan, allowed the ball to come onto the bat nicely. The sole moment of aggression from Stokes was one of his eight boundaries – a solitary six when charging at Trent Boult and sending him back over his head.

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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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