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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

Ben Stokes made his Test debut in Australia in 2013New Zealand side Canterbury say they have held talks with Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder was seen at Heathrow airport on Monday.Stokes, 26, is not part of England's Ashes tour after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in September.There was widespread speculation on social media that he was heading to Australia after being pictured at the airport on Monday.
That prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board to issue a statement denying he was joining up with the squad and confirming he was travelling to New Zealand to spend time with his family."Following the recent speculation surrounding Ben Stokes coming to New Zealand, Canterbury cricket can now confirm that they have been in initial informal discussions with Ben Stokes' representatives regarding his potential availability," a Canterbury statement said.
England all-rounder 'not flying out to join Ashes squad'
Canterbury's next fixture is on Sunday, which is the second day of the second Ashes Test.England, the Ashes holders, lost the first Test against Australia by 10 wickets in Brisbane.Stokes was arrested for his part in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub following England's third one-day international victory against West Indies.He is still awaiting the outcome of the police investigation.Though he was initially named in the Ashes squad, he was subsequently told he would not be selected by England "until further notice".After Stokes was seen at Heathrow, an England statement said: "The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family. His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the ECB."He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set-up."Stokes, who was born in New Zealand, was given permission to travel on Friday.Canterbury meet Otago in a 50-over match on Sunday.Canterbury CEO Jeremy Curwin said: "The CCA Board and New Zealand Cricket will independently be considering this issue in the near future but, until then, we are unable to provide any more detail on the status of the deliberations."As and when there are any further developments we will of course release further statements."
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