Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder in talks with NZ side Canterbury

Speculation about Stokes' intentions arose when he was reportedly spotted at London's Heathrow Airport with his cricket gear, with photos spreading quickly on social media.

Stokes, 26, remains the subject of a police investigation after a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub, with the England and Wales Cricket Board having declared it was waiting for that process to be finalised before deciding on any disciplinary measures.

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.

Stokes appears set to play for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand's Ford Trophy this weekend, while his England team-mates are contesting the second Ashes Test with Australia in Adelaide.

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, who was born in New Zealand, was given permission to travel on Friday.

"I'll be sat at home watching and following the lads in the hope they do really well", Stokes said in a video.

He said: "We've got a Canterbury Cricket board meeting tonight, so it will be discussed there".

But England officials say that's not the case and they're still awaiting a police decision on whether Stokes will be charged over the Bristol incident.

Stokes was arrested for his part in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub following England's third one-day global victory against West Indies. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank", a statement read.

Stokes sent a good luck message to the England squad just hours before they began their Ashes campaign in Brisbane, where Australia cruised to a 10-wicket victory in the first Test on Monday.

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