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No guaranteed return to England team for Ben Stokes - Trevor Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss (left) insists Ben Stokes need to force his way back into the team
Trevor Bayliss (left) insists Ben Stokes need to force his way back into the team

England head coach Trevor Bayliss insisted that Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes will need to prove his form and fitness to return back to the playing XI.

Stokes, who was suspended following an incident in Bristol in September last year will appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court on 13th February and has already missed the Ashes Test series and the ongoing One-Day International series against Australia.

His court appearance clashes on the same day when England take on New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International in the tri-series that also has Australia which has raised doubts about his potential comeback date.

With the limited overs side packed with quality players, Bayliss believes Stokes must make a strong case to be considered back into the playing XI especially if England go on to beat Australia in the ongoing five-match series.

"From the coach or selector's point of view, there's nothing better than having a difficult decision like that," Bayliss said.

"Is he up to speed and will he be right, in a good enough space from a playing point of view to make it back into the team?

"If we play well in these next four games and we win, it might be very, very difficult for him to come straight back in. In the last couple of years you probably wouldn't have been able to say that but where this team have got to - this one-day team - is a great position to be in.

"One of the reasons that we have been successful in the one-day game is because we have more than 11 blokes competing for 11 spots."

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