England all-rounder Ben Stokes headed for New Zealand, not Ashes

Ben Stokes

The series continues on Saturday when Australia and England play their only day-night Test Match of the series, in Adelaide.

Cumbria's Ben Stokes appears to be on his way to The Ashes after he was spotted at Heathrow Airport.

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

Canterbury Cricket have been approached for comment but have not responded to RNZ's requests.

"Canterbury Cricket said in a statement: "(We) have been in initial informal discussions with Ben Stokes' representatives regarding his potential availability".

Christchurch-born Stokes did not travel to Australia with England's squad while police investigated the circumstances surrounding his arrest in the early hours of September 25 in Bristol.

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.

Suspended England allrounder Ben Stokes has flown to New Zealand to play domestic cricket, making the possibility that he could get a dramatic Ashes call-up to Australia more likely. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank", it said in a statement. "He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set-up." the statement read.

Reports from The Times of United Kingdom claim the 26-year-old has been given clearance from the English Cricket Board (ECB) to play in the Ford Trophy, which gets underway on Sunday.

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