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REUTERS
February 15, 2018
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Bayliss won’t rush Stokes back into ODI team

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REUTERS
February 15, 2018

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WELLINGTON: England coach Trevor Bayliss has welcomed the return of Ben Stokes but said the all-rounder is unlikely to play the first ODI of the New Zealand series. Stokes indicated a not-guilty plead to a charge of affray at Bristol magistrates’ court on Tuesday and will join his England team mates this week in Hamilton ahead of their five-match series starting Feb. 25. Bayliss said Stokes, who will miss the Twenty20 game against the Kiwis on Sunday, needs to get back up to speed before he can feature in the starting 11.”He hasn’t played for a while,” Bayliss told reporters. “It is not as if we can maybe bring him straight back for these T20s, for example. We have got to get him up to speed and hopefully during this one-day series we can get him back into the team. At this stage I’d have to say it was unlikely he’ll play the first ODI. We’ll have to wait and see how he is with travel, with practice.”

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