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Ben Stokes Fails to Impress on Return to Cricket in New Zealand

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 3, 2017, 3:06 PM IST
Ben Stokes Fails to Impress on Return to Cricket in New Zealand

Canterbury's Ben Stokes gets dismissed by Otago (Image: AP)

Away from the on-going Ashes, England all-rounder Ben Stokes journey with the New Zealand local club Canterbury did not begin well after managed to score only two runs in first essay. Stokes has been kept out of the England Ashes squad due an investigation against him for his role in a drunken brawl outside a bar.

Batting at the Rangiora Oval stadium against Jimmy Neesham’s Otago, Stokes came in to bat after his side had lost their first two wickets pretty quickly, to be precise with just five runs on the board.

Hoping to steady the ship for Canterbury and help his team to a respectable position, Stokes’ stay at the crease was for less than 10 minutes. The right hander was dismissed by the left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen, who broke his stumps to leave Canterbury in a spot of bother at 8/3.

Stokes faced seven deliveries in his innings. It was the first time Stokes was batting in a competitive game after his half century against West Indies in an ODI in September.

His club Canterbury, eventually managed to score a total of 221 in 50 overs.

The English all-rounder failed to have an impact with the ball as well. Stokes bowled 9 overs and gave away 49 runs without taking a wicket as Otago won the match by 3 wickets.

Elsewhere, England, who are 1-0 down after losing the first Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane, are keen on bringing Stokes back in the squad. But, the all-rounder is clearly rusty.

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First Published: December 3, 2017, 3:06 PM IST

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