Stokes not going for Ashes, confirms European Central Bank

Stokes not going for Ashes, confirms European Central Bank

However, it seems the suspension is only for global cricket and Stokes is free to play in New Zealand's domestic competition.

Canterbury Cricket Club chief executive Jeremy Curwin has confirmed that talks are underway with Ben Stokes's representatives over his availability to play domestic cricket in New Zealand.

Suspended England allrounder Ben Stokes has flown to New Zealand to play domestic cricket, making the possibility that he could get a dramatic Ashes call-up to Australia more likely.

The New Zealand-born 26-year-old has yet to hear whether he will be charged by Avon and Somerset Police.

European Central Bank boss Andrew Strauss has stressed that he won't be able to play for England until he's been cleared by police for the incident which took place outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

Stokes not going for Ashes, confirms European Central Bank
Stokes not going for Ashes, confirms European Central Bank

The ECB made a decision to ban Stokes from representing his country while he is under police investigation for the street fight in Bristol, which took place more than two months ago.

After pictures of Stokes at Heathrow airport prompted speculation that the suspended all-rounder could be returning to England for the Ashes in Australia, it was confirmed that he was instead flying to New Zealand. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank".

Also no updates on police investigation following Bristol incident.

However, it is understood that after being arrested and then released "under investigation", Stokes is free to travel and leave the country. He has not played cricket since then, and the European Central Bank has confirmed Stokes will not join the Ashes tour until the police investigation is complete.

Australia won the first Test in Brisbane this week by 10 wickets, with the day-night second Test starting in Adelaide on Saturday.

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