WELLINGTON: Banned England all-rounder Ben Stokes’s return to cricket for New Zealand domestic side Canterbury lasted just seven balls on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Stokes was omitted from the England touring party to Australia for the Ashes and remains suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation into an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
The New Zealand-born Stokes returned to his former hometown of Christchurch last week and signed a short-term deal with Canterbury to play in the domestic limited-overs competition.Batting at number four against Otago in Rangiora, north of Christchurch, he lasted seven balls before he was bowled by left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchin for two.
He spent six minutes at the crease and his dismissal reduced Canterbury to 8-3 in the fourth over.Stokes has been mostly silent since his arrival in New Zealand but his short-term deal has attracted criticism across the Tasman Sea.
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