BEN STOKES is about for his England comeback exactly five months after he was arrested following a road struggle in Bristol.
The all-rounder, 26, bowled an eight-over spell within the nets on Thursday.
And solely an sudden response to his heaviest workload since arriving in New Zealand final week will cease him enjoying within the opening one-dayer, which shall be performed on Sunday at 1am GMT.
Captain Eoin Morgan revealed: “We’re anticipating Ben to play until there are any hiccups.
“If we felt he wasn’t fairly prepared, it wouldn’t be an enormous choice to go away him out. However he turned up extremely match and he’s appeared good.”
Stokes’ solely cricket this winter has been six whiteball video games for Kiwi aspect Canterbury in December.
And it stays to be seen if he’s affected by the approaching courtroom case through which he and two different males face fees of affray for what occurred on September 25.
Morgan added: “It might be good for Ben to get a race underneath his belt.
“However, equally, when you’ve a racehorse of Ben’s high quality, you have to look after him.
“Ben’s return would permit us to select an additional bowler or batter.
“He might be picked as a specialist batsman however, if he can’t bowl, there can be a cause — a niggle or one thing.
“If he’s effective, he ought to be capable of play some half with the ball.”
Adil Rashid says his choice to give up purple-ball cricket and give attention to the shorter codecs has been brewing for a yr.
The Yorkshire leg-spinner stated: “It’s been inside me for a short while. My thoughts’s not there, my coronary heart’s not there.”
BEN STOKES is about for his England comeback exactly five months after he was arrested following a road battle in Bristol.