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The Ashes: Stokes back in the runs

LONDON: England may have been enjoying a rare good day in the Ashes with David Malan and Jonny Bairstow putting the Australian bowlers under pressure in Perth, but another good knock would not have gone unnoticed in the dressing room. The side’s outcast Ben Stokes returned to form in dramatic fashion, smashing 93 off 47 balls in New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition. Stokes, banned from international duties over an alleged fight outside a nightclub, is seeking to retain match fitness with a stint at New Zealand provincial side Canterbury.
He had struggled for runs with only 36 in three one-day outings, but hit a rich vein of form helping Canterbury to 217 for nine against Otago. Stokes scored 93 in 47 balls, including seven sixes and six fours as his side claimed an easy victory. The 26-year-old was unable to join his England team-mates for the series in Australia after being barred from international cricket over an alleged fight outside a Bristol nightclub. British police have passed his case to prosecutors for “charging advice,” a process that could take weeks.