Stokes struggles with bat and ball in Canterbury debut

England’s director of cricket has to decide if Stokes will take part in this Ashes series

A clatter of wickets saw Otago collapse from 175 without loss to 198 for seven, but Stokes ended with figures of nought for 49 off nine overs.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said he cannot play for England as he waits to discover if he will be charged by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

With his team struggling at five for two, he strode to the crease at the Village Green-type Mainpower Oval in the North Canterbury town of Rangiora to a supportive applause.

The 26-year-old has maintained he was in New Zealand on a family visit and just wanted to "do well, and contribute to Canterbury winning".

Stokes, meanwhile, appeared to hurt his side during his Canterbury bow, although he is expected to be fit to face Auckland Aces on Wednesday. "There's no injury problems at all there". The second Test at Adelaide sees a more even contest being played out on day one.

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Durham's Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident on 25 September in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket.

Meanwhile, England, who have already lost the first Ashes Test against Australia at Gabba, are having a tough time in Australia and are keen on bringing Stokes back in the squad.

The squad is set to be named at the conclusion of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, and barring a decision from the CPS in the next day or two, England are now minded to include both men.

Avon & Somerset Police have passed their file to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on whether to charge Stokes.