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Stokes Ends Canterbury Stint, Returning to UK For 'Family Reasons'

Reuters |December 23, 2017, 9:56 AM IST
Stokes Ends Canterbury Stint, Returning to UK For 'Family Reasons'

Suspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes has ended his stint in New Zealand domestic cricket and is returning to the United Kingdom for "family reasons," Canterbury said on Saturday.

Stokes had signed a short-term contract with Canterbury after being omitted from England's Ashes squad pending the outcome of a police investigation into an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

While Stokes, who was born in Christchurch, had said the trip was to visit family, it fuelled speculation the 26-year-old was preparing for a recall to the Ashes squad.

However, with England handing back the urn after three straight defeats, Saturday's announcement virtually rules him out of taking part in the remainder of the test series.

Canterbury CEO Jez Curwin said Stokes had made a good impression at the club.

"We can't fault his attitude or his all-round contribution in his time with us and we are sorry that he couldn't stay with us for longer but Ben knows that he will always find a welcome here should the opportunity arise for him to return," Curwin said in a statement on the team's website.

Stokes said he had "thoroughly enjoyed training and playing with Canterbury".

"It's a wonderful club and I couldn't have asked for any more from my time here," he said in the statement.

The Ashes series continues with the fourth test in Melbourne, starting on Dec. 26, and finishes with the fifth test in Sydney from Jan. 4-8.

While Stokes now looks certain to miss the remainder of the test series, he has been provisionally named in England's squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia which follows the Ashes.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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