BEN STOKES has arrived in New Zealand – and bought a cuddle and a kiss from his mum.
The England all-rounder sparked rumours that he can be becoming a member of up with the Ashes squad after being noticed wheeling his cricket gear round Heathrow Airport on Monday night time.
However the 26-year-old in reality flew to Christchurch to go to his dad and mom, Gerard and Deb.
He’s additionally in talks to play home cricket with Canterbury and will even make his debut this weekend.
Stokes is ‘indefinitely’ banned from enjoying Ashes cricket with Avon and Somerset Police nonetheless deciding whether or not to cost Stokes, who was arrested on suspicion of precise bodily hurt following a avenue struggle on September 25.
The England star was concerned in a high-profile brawl outdoors a nightclub in Bristol.
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Once the police announce their verdict, the ECB will hold a board meeting within 48 hours and their disciplinary committee will then meet to decide what punishment, if any, to enforce.
An ECB spokesperson said: “We are aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family. His travel has not been arranged by the ECB.
“He is not on his way to the Ashes, the England Lions or any other training camps within the England set-up.
“Ben is allowed by the Avon and Somerset police to leave the country.”
Should Stokes sign for Canterbury Cricket, he would find himself less than eight hours from the England team who are to play in Adelaide in the second Test from December 3.
Canterbury Cricket have admitted they are hoping Stokes will feature for them in upcoming competitions.
A statement read: “Canterbury Cricket can now confirm that they have been in initial informal discussions with Ben Stokes’ representatives regarding his potential availability for Ford Trophy and Burger King Super Smash competitions.”