Stokes edges Aussie aside

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - RUS­SELL GOULD

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.

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