Stokes edges Aussie aside
THE Ashes intrigue around banished England all-rounder Ben Stokes’s arrival in New Zealand took a turn yesterday when it emerged he took the spot of an Australian.
Stokes broke his week-long silence since he arrived in Christchurch and signed to play for Canterbury, albeit briefly, when he declared he was just excited to play cricket again.
As debate continues to rage over his appearance for the provincial side, Stokes trained with his new team for the first time in semi-rural Rangiora ahead of today’s clash with Otago.
Canterbury signed Stokes as its international player despite lingering legal issues around his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September, which left one man with a fractured eye-socket.