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Stokes to return for England

Monitoring Desk

WELLINGTON: Stokes is set to return to international cricket on Sunday when England play their first one-day international against New Zealand in Hamilton.

The star all-rounder, who had been sidelined since his arrest following a nightclub incident last September, rejoined the England squad in New Zealand last week after pleading not guilty in the Bristol magistrate’s court to a charge of affray. Although England have not yet named their side for the first ODI, and Stokes is short of match practice, captain Eoin Morgan suggested Saturday he would be in the line-up.

“He looks in great nick, he’s hit the ground running since he’s been involved and he’s been himself, which is great to see,” Morgan said. “He might be better for the more games he does play and feel more comfortable coming back … it is his first game in quite a long time.”

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