Call for Ben Stokes to be banned from entering Australia

Scott Styris and Dean Jones

Ben Stokes would be welcomed back to the England squad "with open arms" after touching down in New Zealand to get himself match fit for a possible Ashes call-up.

Stokes has landed in Christchurch, where he is expected to play domestic cricket for Canterbury on Sunday.

It is not known when Somerset and Avon police will make their decision on whether to charge Stokes, but the third Test in Perth does not start until December 14.

"It doesn't matter if he [Stokes] was defending someone or not [as has been reported]", he told News Corp.

While the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) played down the issue, saying Stokes was on a personal trip to New Zealand, a statement from Canterbury Cricket revealed that they have been in initial informal discussions with Stokes' representatives regarding his potential availability for Ford Trophy and Burger King Super Smash cricket.

United Kingdom newspaper The Times is reporting police are likely to announce within 48 hours the outcome of their investigation into Stokes' involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub. The expectation is a backdated ban.

"As a player, as a friend, I'd like to see him here".

The Daily Telegraph says that with his flying visit to New Zealand, and the Canterbury side, Stokes could return to playing cricket as early as this weekend. "The only way you learn as a person really is when there are strong consequences to mistakes you make, and you have to learn from and get better", he said.

Former England allrounder Ian Botham, speaking during a climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, took a different view. "There's no doubt that England are going to be trying to show the bravado that they have, but it's just not going to be the same without him in the team", he said. "If he is available, then let's go for it", Stead told Sportstar.

Nathan Lyon, the off-spinner who took five English wickets in Brisbane (including four left-handers), spoke at Australia's training session and switched from being agitator-in-chief to respectful of England, declining questions on Stokes and Bairstow and tipping a response. It's impossible to be able to fill that void.

But Watson doesn't believe Stokes should be permitted to join the tour.

Khawaja recalls the squad's mood amid the very public disciplinary process clearly.

Lehmann also warned England to expect more bouncers from his attack on what he regards as the quickest pitch in Australia when the floodlights are on at the Adelaide Oval.

"Even someone like myself, who doesn't read the paper or go out of my way to look at social media during games, it's still always around".

Any deal would probably include a release clause allowing Stokes to join the England squad in Australia if the European Central Bank wants him to.

Canterbury Cricket Association and New Zealand Cricket are yet to rubber stamp Stokes' stint but the widespread expectation is they will and the 26-year-old could face Otago on Sunday in Rangiora.

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