Ben Stokes ready for return in Christchurch despite Ashes setback

• England all-rounder to play for Canterbury against Otago in 50-over match
• Stokes ‘has the right to be treated the same as other players’ says club’s CEO

Ben Stokes has ploughed on with his plans to make a comeback in New Zealand despite his Ashes hopes suffering a setback and England’s players being told to move on from the prospect of his arrival in Australia.

Avon & Somerset police have passed the file on the incident on 25 September involving the all-rounder to the Crown Prosecution Service for review. A further wait is expected but Stokes has still signed for Canterbury in his native Christchurch and will play a 50-over match against Otago in Rangiora on Sunday.

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