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Ben Stokes to travel to New Zealand

Ben Stokes will fly to New Zealand on Wednesday and join up with the squad in Hamilton

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Ben Stokes to travel to New Zealand

Ben Stokes

The ECB can make the following statement on Ben Stokes' availability for New Zealand.

"Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad," said an ECB spokesperson.

"He departs tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February, and will arrive on Friday 16 February, ready to train with England team mates in Hamilton.

"Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by Head Coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International T20 Tri-Series.

"ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments.

"It has been confirmed that he will not be required to return to the UK for the first hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 12 March."

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