Ben Stokes impresses as England level ODI series against New Zealand

He’s facing trial over incident outside nightclub, a man suffered a fractured eye socket

Ben Stokes reacts after being hit by the ball during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match between New Zealand and England. Photograph: Getty Images

Ben Stokes reacts after being hit by the ball during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match between New Zealand and England. Photograph: Getty Images

 

England all-rounder Ben Stokes said he was relieved to be back performing well for his country after missing the Ashes because of an ongoing court case.

He appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court earlier this month charged with affray along with two other men. This was relating to an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol on September 25th last year. English media outlets released video footage of the incident.

A 27-year-old man allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present.

On Wednesday however, Stokes put in a man-of-the-match performance with an unbeaten 63 and two wickets for 42 runs as England drew level in the one-day international series against New Zealand with a six-wicket victory in Mount Maunganui.

The 26-year-old told Sky Sports: “It’s an amazing feeling to be back in amongst the team with all the lads and even the backroom staff. I was a bit emotional walking off that field.

“I hope this is a stepping stone for things to come in the future, the things that we’ve got coming up.”

Asked if he felt under pressure, Stokes replied: “When I walked out there it was the normal feeling that I get when I walk out there.

“The one thing I wanted was to be back and walking out there and representing my country.

“It’s all about building for the future. We’ve got a really busy summer coming up. It’s great to be back with the boys.”

Stokes judged that his bowling performance was rusty after only his second game for England since September, with the first coming in the opening ODI which ended in defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton.

He said: “Nothing replicates match bowling — you can’t get that in training. Hopefully I’ve got those cobwebs out.

“The batting feels in good order and the bowling will come with time.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.