Ben Stokes who has been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board because of his involvement in a brawl at a pub in Bristol did not make a good return to cricket while he is awaiting his fate on the outcome of the incident. Stokes traveled to New Zealand to play for a local club Canterbury. But his much-anticipated return to field fall flat as the 26-year old only scored two runs.
Playing at Rangiora Oval stadium against Otago, Stokes came on to the field after his side lost two wickets with just five runs on the board. Hoping to resurrect the innings and take his team to a comfortable position, Stokes just stayed for less than 10 minutes on the field. The right-hand batsman became a victim to left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen, who rattled his stumps and left Canterbury reeling for 8/3.
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Stokes just played seven deliveries in his innings. It was Stokes’ first time with a bat on a cricket field since he scored 73 in an ODI against West Indies on September 24. Canterbury managed to score a total of 221 in 50 overs.
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England on the other hand, after losing the first Test at Brisbane is now trailing in the second Test match at Adelaide. They are 29 for 1 after Australia declared at 442 for 8 with Shaun Marsh scoring an unbeaten 126.