Ben Stokes included in England's ODI squad for Australia series


After making just two runs and had figures of 0-49 off nine overs in a defeat to Otago, he got off to a promising start in his second match.

Ben Stokes' path back to the England team has seemingly been cleared after he and Alex Hales were provisionally selected for the one-day worldwide series against Australia.

New Zealand-born Stokes did not travel to Australia with the rest of the squad for the Ashes Test series, and has missed the first two in Brisbane and Adelaide, with England losing both.

Stokes returned to New Zealand, his country of birth, in November and has since played two one day matches for Canterbury in the Ford Trophy.

"I'm sure there will be a fair bit of scrutiny".

The England all-rounder made a brisk 34 against Auckland today. It will be decided at the point, if Stokes is to be reinstated to the national team and, if possible, for the remainder of the Ashes series.

Bayliss also said he was ready for all the scrutiny that Stokes's reinstatement would bring.

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"At the same time, we're still two years away and there might be some younger players, like Craig Overton for example, who comes into the team and does well".

"He is obviously getting cricket under his belt, which is a really good decision. given that he could potentially come back quickly".

That means Stokes is included, even though the all-rounder is now the subject of an European Central Bank suspension as he waits to hear whether he will be charged for his involvement in a disorder that took place in Bristol in September.

However, head coach Trevor Bayliss indicated Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy are likely to retain their places at the top of the order. "I can't see any changes there personally".

"The two openers we had did very well and it would be hard to go against [them]", Bayliss said. "But we've got to adjust to that at some stage".

"We could bring Hales back in and drop one of those guys down, but then it would upset someone else".

England one-day squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.