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Ashes exile Stokes fails with bat for Canterbury

AFP  |  Wellington 

Suspended star Ben Stokes's highly anticipated return to the crease was over almost as soon as it began in today. Playing in a limited overs match for his birth province Canterbury against Otago, Stokes only faced seven balls before he was bowled for two. It was the all-rounder's first match in 69 days amid speculation he is preparing for a dramatic Ashes call-up. But while are playing before a 55,000-plus crowd in the second Ashes Test against in Adelaide, Stokes turned out for Canterbury at a village ground on the outskirts of Christchurch with a crowd of about 1,000. Canterbury, batting first, were in trouble at three down for eight when Stokes was bowled. The 26-year-old has maintained he was in on a family visit and just wanted to "do well, and contribute to Canterbury winning". Stokes is currently banned from international cricket while British authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a Bristol nightclub. He has missed the first two Ashes Tests, which include a 10-wicket defeat in the opening encounter in Brisbane.

The third Tests starts in Perth on December 14.

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First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 09:30 IST